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New Zealand fixture given first-class status

NewZealandThis weekend’s three-day friendly with New Zealand will be played as a first-class fixture, as Derbyshire aim to claim an international scalp at the County Ground. 

The New Zealand squad travel to Derby on Saturday, 4th May as they begin their preparations for their two-Test series against England, which begins later this month.

It will be the second first-class game at the County Ground in as many years after Derbyshire welcomed Australia A to Derby in July 2012 when Tony Palladino completed his maiden first-class century against the old enemy.

Kane Williamson will captain the side in this weekend’s encounter, as supporters will also get the opportunity to welcome back Martin Guptill after the powerful opening batsman played an integral part in the county’s successful 2012 LV= County Championship campaign.

The 26-year-old is looking forward to returning to his old stomping ground and insists that this weekend’s friendly will be a great spectacle as both sides push for victory at the County Ground.

“This weekend’s game will definitely be taken seriously,” he said. “It has a first class status and we will certainly be playing it as a first class game pushing for victory.

“But Derbyshire will not want to back down to us and they will come at us pretty hard, so we will have to be on top of our game to get a good result.

“I am of course just looking forward to returning to the County Ground and hopefully I can receive a nice reception from the Members and supporters there. The Members were always great with me when I was wearing the Derbyshire colours, so hopefully they won’t be too hostile to me now I am wearing the Black Cap.”

So, why not come down to the County Ground this bank holiday weekend and enjoy some top class international cricket. To purchase your tickets please call 01332 388 101 or you can buy your tickets online by clicking here.

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