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Message to Members and Six Pack holders

NottsCrowdThe Club is advising Members and Six Pack Ticket holders to arrive early for Friday’s East Midlands derby with Nottinghamshire Outlaws to ensure their entrance after a surge in advanced ticket sales for the Friends Life t20 match.

In the wake of the recent seven-wicket victory over Lancashire Lightning, the Club has seen unprecedented high demand for tickets for the fixture against David Hussey’s Outlaws on Friday; 7pm start.

Members and Six Pack Ticket holders are being advised to arrive early to guarantee their entry to the ground.

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Falcons v Outlaws heading for a sell out

DerbySales for Friday’s Friends Life t20 East Midlands derby between Derbyshire Falcons and Nottinghamshire Outlaws have already topped 4,000.

As of Wednesday afternoon, less than 1,000 tickets were still available for the match (7pm start) due to the County Ground’s 4,999 capacity - and supporters are advised to purchase in advance to guarantee entry.

There has been unprecedented demand following Derbyshire’s recent victory over Lancashire Lightning, as the Falcons secured their third straight win and moved to the top of the north division table.

Derbyshire, featuring the star overseas duo of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) and Albie Morkel (South Africa), will go head-to-head with neighbours Nottinghamshire, who are likely to include international stars Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and David Hussey for the top of the table clash.

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Sensational Chanderpaul ensure Falcons extend winning run

ChanderpaulShivnarine Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 87 guided Derbyshire to a thrilling final over victory versus Lancashire, to seal the Falcons’ third straight Friends Life t20 win.

Tim Groenewald picked up career-best figures of 4 for 21 from his four overs to help restrict the visitors to 152-8 at the County Ground.

Chanderpaul led the Derbyshire reply, hitting seven fours and two sixes in his match-winning knock, ably assisted by Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen and Albie Morkel – and it was fitting that it was the West Indies international who hit the winning runs with three balls to spare.

Derbyshire have reclaimed top spot in the North Division, with six points from a possible six, and now take the momentum into Friday’s local derby with Nottinghamshire; 7pm start.

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The County Ground, Derby, to host Alastair Cook coaching masterclass

AlastairCookEngland Test and 50-over Captain Alastair Cook will be holding a batting masterclass for young cricketers from Rolleston Cricket Club at the County Ground on Thursday, 4th July.

Cook,the youngest player in Test history to pass 7,000 runs, will be coaching 20 youngsters from the East Staffordshire-based club as part of Yorkshire Bank’s community cricket campaign

Rolleston, who compete in the First Division of the Derbyshire County League, have been selected by Yorkshire Bank from hundreds of clubs across the country to participate in the unique coaching session with the England Ashes Captain.

The 28-year-old opener will lead batting, fielding and bowling exercises in the Gateway Centre Cricket Hall, before participating in a question and answer session with the youngsters.

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Squad named for home Friends Life t20 opener

FLt20SquadDerbyshire have named an unchanged 15-man squad for tomorrow night's opening home Friends Life t20 fixture of the season, against Lancashire Lightning at the County Ground; 7.10pm start.

Jonathan Clare, whose unbeaten 35 guided the Falcons to victory against Yorkshire, has recovered from a minor injury that kept him out of the Leicestershire game and the all-rounder has been included in tomorrow’s matchday squad.

Karl Krikken’s side currently sit top of the Northern Division and will be looking to extend their winning run to three games after securing back-to-back wins against the Vikings and Foxes in their opening two fixtures.

Albie Morkel insists that the Falcons can continue their excellent start to the competition, and believes a quick pitch at Derby will make for an entertaining fixture under the floodlights at the County Ground.

“It’s going well so far and we have got off to a great start,” Morkel said. “It is always good to win your first game to gain a bit of momentum and luckily we went on to win our first two which has put us in a good position. Now we prepare for Lancashire tomorrow and then Nottinghamshire on Friday. They are two very good sides. Lancashire are a fantastic team, but we are definitely going to be up for it.

“I have only played one game at the County Ground before, a few years ago before they moved the wicket around, so I’m not too familiar with the conditions here but they say it has quickened up this year and there is good carry for the fast bowlers.

“With wickets like this you also tend to get high-scoring contests and that is what people want to see, especially in front of the Sky Sports cameras, so they set to be two very entertaining games – and hopefully we can get two more victories.”

Derbyshire squad in full is as follows:
Wes Durston
Chesney Hughes
Paul Borrington
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Wayne Madsen
Dan Redfern
Billy Godleman
Albie Morkel
Richard Johnson
Tom Poynton
Jonathan Clare
Peter Burgoyne
David Wainwright
Mark Footitt
Tim Groenewald

Supporters who buy tickets in advance  for the Friends Life t20 competition will benefit from discounted prices of £12 adults, £4 juniors and £4 car parking; available online here>>> or by calling 01332 388 101.

A further £2 discount is available per adult ticket for a group containing four or more adults and – new for 2013 – the Six Pack Ticket allows entry to all five home Friends Life t20 game, plus an extra game, for just £55.

Junior Membership is priced at £10 – therefore; a parent and child can attend six matches this season for a total of just £65.

Tickets are also available on the gate priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors and £5 car parking.

Look out for the new one way system which will aid an efficient flow of traffic into the ground. Ground access via Pentagon Roundabout only. Car Parking will be paid separately to match tickets upon entry to the ground.

Ladbrokes to sponsor tomorrow's floodlit fixture

LadbrokesDerbyshire will host Lancashire Lightning tomorrow night at the County Ground (7.10pm start) in their first home Friends Life t20 fixture of the 2013 season - and the match will be sponsored by Britain’s largest chain of bookmakers, Ladbrokes.

The eagerly-anticipated Friends Life t20 game will see Ladbrokes operate temporary betting stations within the ground during the match, offering spectators the opportunity to place bets while the Falcons attempt to secure their third win on the bounce following wins over Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes.

Ladbrokes is a leader in the global betting and gaming market. The company, which has been operating for over 100 years in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Spain, encompasses 2,700 outlets - while Ladbrokes.com, with nearly 800,000 active clients, offers betting on 13 tailored sites in nine different languages and supporting 17 currencies.

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Morkel hoping to extend winning run against Lancashire

AlbieMorkelAlbie Morkel is looking forward to making his home debut tomorrow night against Lancashire Lightning; 7.10pm start – and he is confident that the Falcons can continue the momentum after securing back-to-back wins in their opening two fixtures.

Derbyshire currently sit top of the North Division after securing victories away at Yorkshire and Leicestershire in as many days. Karl Krikken’s side now prepare for their first home Friends Life t20 match of the season against the Red Rose County, before the big local derby against Nottinghamshire on Friday, 5th July; 7pm start.

Morkel insists that the Falcons can continue their excellent start to the competition, and believes a quick pitch at Derby will make for an entertaining fixture under the floodlights at the County Ground.

“It’s going well so far and we have got off to a great start,” Morkel said. “It is always good to win your first game to gain a bit of momentum and luckily we went on to win our first two which has put us in a good position.

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Watch all five home Twenty20 fixtures for just £55

sixpackticketSupporters can watch all five home Friends Life t20 fixtures, plus an extra game, for just £55 with the Cub’s new Six Pack Ticket - which gains entry to any six games throughout the current season.

The Falcons have made an excellent start to their 2013 Friends Life t20 campaign, securing back-to-back wins away at Yorkshire and Leicestershire, and currently sit top of the North Division.

Now Wayne Madsen’s side prepare for a home double-header versus Lancashire on Tuesday, 2nd July (7.10pm start) and then against local rivals Nottinghamshire on Friday, 5th July (7pm start), both at the County Ground.

Supporters can enjoy all five home Twenty20 fixture with a Six Pack Ticket which is new for 2013. The ticket allows supporters to choose any six matches, from either the Friends Life t20, Yorkshire Bank 40 or for a day’s play in the LV= County Championship, to attend throughout the year.

Read more: Watch all five home Twenty20 fixtures for just £55

Durston knock guides Falcons to second Twenty20 win

WesDurstonWes Durston top scored with 83 - while David Wainwright claimed three key wickets – as Derbyshire Falcons claimed their second Friends Life t20 win in as many days, this time against Leicestershire Foxes.

Durston, who hit three sixes in his 62-ball vigil, shared a record-breaking second-wicket stand with West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul (38) to help the visitors post 173-3 from their 20 overs at Grace Road.

The Foxes made a quick start in reply, but an inspired stint of bowling from Wainwright, and a tight spell from Dan Redfern, handed Karl Krikken’s side a well-deserved 24-run victory.

The Falcons now top the North Division after claiming two wins from their opening two fixtures and take the momentum into Tuesday's (2nd July) opening home Friends Life t20 fixture versus Lancashire at the County Ground; 7.10pm start. 

The Falcons made an excellent start to their innings courtesy of Chesney Hughes. The explosive opener hit four fours and a six to add 34 runs, from just 20 balls, as part of a 48-run opening stand.

Read more: Durston knock guides Falcons to second Twenty20 win

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