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Derbyshire to make Leek return

LeekThe Derbyshire versus Essex Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture on Sunday 9th June has been switched from the County Ground, Derby, to Highfield, Leek.

The match comes three years on from a thrilling contest between the same two counties at Highfield in 2010 when 547 runs were scored and Essex won by five wickets.

A Friends Life t20 fixture between Derbyshire and Warwickshire followed in 2011 when a bumper crowd witnessed the home side emerge victorious by six wickets.

No match at Leek was possible within the 2012 schedule but, with the support of Leek Cricket Club and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, county cricket is making its eagerly awaited return.

Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “By taking this fixture to Leek we are making county cricket accessible to communities outside our usual catchment area.

“Leek will appeal to cricket fans from the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent as well as areas of Derbyshire, particularly  Ashbourne, Buxton and the Peak District, all of whom I hope will come out in support of the match.

“Having played matches at Highfield before, we know facilities and infrastructure are in place to host a very successful match-day operation.

“It promises to be a great day for cricket supporters and their families.”

Leek Cricket Club Chairman Brian Mellor said: “It’s a pleasure to host county cricket at Highfield and we’re looking forward to the opportunity of doing so again this summer.

“It will be a real treat for our members and the local community to see Derbyshire’s title-winners, plus new signing Shivnarine Chanderpaul, in action at our venue.”

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