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NatWest T20 Blast tickets selling fast

DerbyshirevLancashireDerbyshire’s first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture of 2014 is just three weeks away, and tickets are selling fast for the new-look Twenty20 competition.

Ticket sales are already up for all Twenty20 fixtures compared to this time last year as supporters flock to The 3aaa County Ground for the explosive Friday night Twenty20 cricket.

Four of five home fixtures at The 3aaa County Ground are on a Friday night, including the highly-anticipated local derby versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday 6 June; 7pm start.

Derbyshire Falcons begin their home campaign on Friday 23 May (7pm start) against Lancashire Lightning, as we begin the half-term holiday with a Blast! Family Fun entertainment will be available throughout the evening; while there will also be an opportunity for supporters to get autographs from their favourite players at the close of play.

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Wayne Madsen breaks World Record

WayneMadsenDerbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen is officially a World Record holder after he broke the record for the most 'bat touches' in a minute. 

Madsen completed the feat at the official launch of the new nationwide sponsor of One-Day Cricket, Royal London, held at the Royal Opera House in London. 

Madsen competed against England internationals Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes at the event to see who could bounce a ball on their bat the most times in the minute, with Madsen coming out on top with a massive 282 bat touches.

Watch Madsen take part in the World Record challenge>> 

The event launched the new One-Day Cup competition which run throughout the summer school holiday - between Saturday 26 July and Thursday 21 August – allowing school children and families to enjoy a day out at the cricket during their summer break.

Derbyshire Falcons will host Hampshire Royals on Saturday 26 July (10.30am start) in their first home 50-over fixture in 2014 at The 3aaa County Ground. Full list of fixtures available here>> 

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Academy claim Mayor's Cup at Queen's Park

CricketDerbyshireAcademyThe Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby maintained their unbeaten start to the season, beating Chesterfield by 19 runs to claim the Mayor’s Cup.

In the 20-over contest held at the picturesque Queen’s Park, the Academy batted first and posted 161-6 off their 20 overs.

Rahib Ali top scored with 61 off 41 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) as he shared a 56-run second-wicket stand with Callum Brodrick who added 19 off 15 balls.

Tom Ball added 15 before Wicketkeeper-batsman Harvey Hosein struck some late blows, hitting an unbeaten 39 off just 25 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes), as Derbyshire finished their allotted overs on 161-6.

In reply, Derbyshire’s Ben Slater top-scored for Chesterfield with 68 off 50 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes), but the hosts lot regular wickets and closed their innings on 142-6 to fall 19 runs short. 

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Derbyshire Second XI make winning start

TomTaylorDerbyshire Second XI made a winning start to their Second XI Championship campaign with an innings and 70-run victory over Worcestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.

Resuming on 132-2 following-on, still trailing by 119 runs, Worcestershire were dismissed for 181 shortly before lunch on the final day. 

Mark Turner (3-39 off 13 overs) claimed the early wicket of Leach for 23, before Tom Taylor (pictured above) tore through the visitors’ lower order to complete a five-wicket haul. Taylor finished with impressive figures of 5-24 off 9.2 overs.

Alex Hughes (2-23 off 11 overs) picked up a wicket to go with the one he claimed the day previous, as Worcestershire were dismissed inside 68 overs and John Sadler's side secured a convincing win.

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Welch: We're determined to come back strong

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch says the squad are determined to come back strong against Kent next weekend after the defeat against Worcestershire.

Daryl Mitchell’s side claimed victory on the final day at New Road on Wednesday despite a defiant half-century from Captain Wayne Madsen.

Elite Performance Director Welch says the squad played some good cricket, but they were always up against it after posting a below-par first innings total.

“We didn’t get enough runs in the first innings,” he said. “We spoke a lot before the season about first innings scores and in two of our three first innings we haven’t got enough.

“This is something we need to rectify. We’ve identified that and spoke about it.

“We bowled well in the first two sessions on day three, but it just got away from us in the final session and that turned the match.

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DCCC fans to win prizes in new Fantasy Game

NatWest T20 BlastDerbyshire supporters can compete against fellow Derbyshire fans and win special prizes in the new NatWest T20 Blast Fantasy Game, launched by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The free-to-play Fantasy Game challenges fans to pick and manage their “dream team” of county cricket’s T20 stars within a budget. Supporters who select Derbyshire as their favourite team will automatically be entered into a league against fellow Derbyshire fans and be in with a chance of winning special prizes courtesy of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Each week we will post the week's Top Ten on our NatWest T20 Blast Fantasy Game page, with the winner each week winning a DCCC prize, including matchday tickets and signed merchandise. 

Participants will also automatically enter the main competition – the winner of which will win £2020 and four tickets for a day’s play of the Investec Ashes Series in 2015. Players will also compete with their fellow county fans in one of 18 mini-leagues – one for each county. The winners of these 18 mini-leagues will each win £500.

Players can also create up to 15 private mini-leagues to compete against friends, family and colleagues.

Join TODAY, it's FREE!

Fans are advised to enter before Gameweek 1 begins on Friday May 16 by picking their team at fantasy.ecb.co.uk, and are invited to share their team on twitter using #FBL.

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Turner wickets help put Derbyshire on top

Mark TurnerFive wickets in the day from pace bowler Mark Turner helped put Derbyshire Second XI in a strong position after day two against Worcestershire Second XI at The 3aaa County Ground.

Derbyshire declared on their overnight total of 422-2, with Captain Scott Elstone unbeaten on 212 and Alex Hughes 46 not out.

In reply, Worcestershire were dismissed for just 171 shortly after lunch, still trailing Derbyshire by 251 runs. Turner was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4-28, while Tom Taylor (3-52) picked up three wickets and Ben Cotton (2-25) chipped in with two.

Derbyshire enforced the follow-on and Worcestershire closed the day on 132-2, with Hepburn 65 not out and Leach unbeaten on 19, still trailing by 119 runs.

Alex Hughes and Turner, who picked up his fifth wicket of the day, claimed the two second innings wickets to put Derbyshire in control.

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Elstone hits double ton as Derbyshire dominate

ScottElstoneScott Elstone hit an unbeaten double century as Derbyshire Second XI dominated day one against Worcestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Derbyshire scored 422 runs for the loss of just two wickets to put themselves in a strong position after day one of the three-day Championship fixture.

After the loss of Ben Slater (16), Paul Borrington and Elstone shared an outstanding 282-run partnership to move their side to 325-2 in the 80th over.

Borrington hit his second century in as many days, after his unbeaten 110 in the One-Day Trophy fixture against Worcestershire yesterday, before he was the second man out for 121 off 243 balls (15 fours).

Captain Elstone continued his outstanding innings bringing up his century off just 126 balls, before bringing up his double hundred shortly before the close off only 211 balls, including 27 fours and 3 sixes.

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Madsen defiance in vain as Worcestershire claim win

WayneMadsenDespite a defiant half-century from Wayne Madsen, Worcestershire claimed victory on the final day at New Road.

Worcestershire declared on their overnight total of 432-9, with Gareth Andrew 71 not out, securing a 231-run first-innings lead.

In reply, Madsen was the standout batsman for the visitors as he batted for over three hours for his 56 (from 139 balls, 8 fours), but Derbyshire lost regular wickets and were all out shortly before tea.

Pakistan Test spinner Saeed Ajmal was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts returning figures of 4 for 40 off his 20 overs.

Charlie Morris (2-25) and Jack Shantry (2-20) both chipped in with two wickets as Derbyshire were dismissed for 149 in 57 overs and Worcestershire claimed an innings and 64-run win on day four.

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