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Derbyshire v Essex fixture at Leek gains college backing

LeekBuxton and Leek College is reinforcing its support of the Leek community by supporting County Cricket’s return to Leek.

Anticipation is building for the Sunday 9th June showdown between Derbyshire Falcons and Essex Eagles with a 1.45pm start.

The Yorkshire Bank 40 one-day fixture at Leek Cricket Club is expected to feature star attractions such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara.

It is the first fixture at Leek since 2011 and the result of a partnership between Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Buxton and Leek College of Further Education and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

The college provides a range of courses to students from Leek and the surrounding area including A Levels, BTECs, and Access courses.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Cricket Advisory Director Kevin Dean is a former student of Buxton and Leek College and is delighted by the partnership.

Dean said: “It’s great to see two fine institutions that have helped shape my life in such a positive way working together.

“I’d thoroughly recommend Buxton and Leek College to any potential student and I see it as a very positive move that they have chosen to support what promises to be a hugely popular event among the Staffordshire Moorlands community.”

Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Simon Storey added: “It is fantastic news that we have been able to create a partnership with two key organisations that play important roles in creating a vibrant community in Leek.

"It is the first fixture at Leek since 2011 and the result of a partnership between Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Buxton and Leek College of Further Education, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and hosts, Leek Cricket Club.

“We believe it is very positive to take professional cricket into different sections of the community and our two previous trips to Leek have been a success.

"Leek Cricket Club is always a great host and it promises to be a great day out for all the family so we are hoping for a healthy crowd, a festival atmosphere and a great spectacle for the people of the town.”

Buxton and Leek College Principal Len Tildsley said: “We are delighted to be able to support this match as a contribution to the Leek community. 

“We are a community college and since the merger with the University of Derby, we have been developing plans to extend our community engagement work. 

“We have recently re-branded as Buxton and Leek College and will be using this event to promote our new image and logo. 

“Leek is an important part of our College community and the recently announced funding for new buildings at our Leek campus will open up many more opportunities to raise our community profile in the future.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Councillor Mark Deaville added: “We are delighted to see the return of County Cricket to the Staffordshire Moorlands and I wholeheartedly welcome the players, supporters and officials of Derbyshire and Essex County Cricket Clubs to Leek.

“The Staffordshire Moorlands has long been a real hotbed for Cricket and our local clubs have a very long and proud history of Cricket achievement.

“We have an excellent relationship with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and - in partnership with them and our Moorlands Clubs - I look to develop our plans to make county cricket a regular entry on the Staffordshire Moorlands tourism calendar.

“My sincere thanks go to the officials and members of Leek Cricket Club who have done a tremendous amount of work in planning and organising this major event.

“Let’s hope for good weather, a bumper crowd and a splendid day out for everyone."

Supporters who buy tickets in advance will benefit from discounted prices of £12 adults, £4 juniors and £4 car parking. Buy online at by clicking here>>> or call 01332 388 101.

A further £2 discount is available per adult ticket for a group containing four or more adults. Tickets are also available on the gate priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors and £5 car parking.

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