Derbyshire host Northamptonshire at The 3aaa County Ground in a LV= County Championship fixture, starting on Sunday.
Northamptonshire are unbeaten following one win and two draws from their opening three fixtures and are looking to bounce back to Division One this season, following last year's relegation.
New signing Hashim Amla is set to make his Derbyshire debut after arriving this week, and boosts a side that is looking to close in on the top two places in Division Two, ahead of the start of the NatWest T20 Blast next week.
To mark Amla's only four-day appearance at The 3aaa County Ground, the Club has announced that Under 16s can watch all four days of this game for FREE.
South Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla will make his Derbyshire debut at The 3aaa County Ground this week – and kids can see him in action for FREE!
The Club are offering children under the age of 16 the chance to see world star Amla in action for FREE for all four days against Northamptonshire, beginning on Sunday 10 May; 11am.
Amla, who is currently ranked as the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, has featured in 82 Tests scoring 6,757 runs at an average of 52.78 and a top score of 311 not out.
He will be making his first appearance in Derbyshire colours against a Northamptonshire side who will feature compatriots Richard Levi and Rory Kleinveldt.
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Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “Amla is widely regarded as one of the best batsman in world cricket and we’re proud to have him here at Derbyshire.
Hashim Amla is preparing to make his Derbyshire debut against Northamptonshire at The 3aaa County Ground in the LV= County Championship fixture, which starts on Sunday.
The South African Test Captain arrived at Derbyshire this week and will be available for two four-day matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, including the home Twenty20 fixture versus Lancashire on Friday 29 May.
Amla, who is currently ranked as the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, is looking to make an immediate impact at Derbyshire and says he is happy to be back playing cricket in a country where he famously scored an unbeaten 311 in a Test match versus England at The Oval in 2012.
“It’s great to be at Derbyshire and back in England, I feel ready and raring to go,” said Amla.
Jonathan Clare made his competitive comeback from injury after featuring on Day Two of the Second XI Championship fixture against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Clare hit an unbeaten 17 off 10 balls in a rain-affected day as Derbyshire advanced to 392-6 at stumps. Having resumed on 341-4, trialist Michael Comber took his total up to 78 not out before Clare produced some fireworks towards the end of the innings on his return to the side.
All-rounder Tm Wells took both Derbyshire wickets on Day Two, but rain and bad light cut short the day. Day Three begins on Thursday at 11am.
Derbyshire’s NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Leicestershire Foxes on Thursday 18 June will be the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal fixture, in support of skin cancer charity Skcin.
The Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal was launched by BBC Radio Derby after Colin, who sadly passed away last month, was diagnosed with Melanoma in 2013. His openness and dedication to raise awareness of the disease touched thousands of listeners, with the appeal raising to date over £95,000.
The Club will be using the fixture with Leicestershire in June to raise funds and build awareness of the appeal. The Club will be donating 10% of each advance matchday ticket sold and each advance ticket buyer will receive a booklet on sun safety. There will also be an opportunity for supporters to donate on the night.
There will also be a chance for supporters to get a free skin check by Dermatologists from the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the night of the fixture.
Scott Elstone scored his maiden first-class century as Derbyshire closed Day Four on 209-2 to draw their LV= County Championship fixture with Glamorgan.
The 24-year-old brought up his century off 131 balls, in an innings that contained eight fours and one six, as he finished unbeaten on 103 to see his side safely to stumps.
Elstone shared an unbeaten 177-run partnership with Captain Wayne Madsen (72 not out), who hit his first half-century of the campaign, for the third wicket before both teams shook hands shortly before 5pm to end a fixture heavily affected by rain.
After more rain delayed the start of the final day, play finally got underway at 1.25pm with Derbyshire beginning their second innings after Glamorgan had declared the previous night.
Hamish Rutherford shot to fame in 2013 when he struck a century on his Test debut for New Zealand against England in his hometown of Dunedin.
His 171 stands as the seventh-highest score on Test debut in history and the second-highest for both a left-handed batsman and an opening batsman.
Son of former New Zealand Captain Ken Rutherford, Hamish’s brave modern-day-cricketer traits of aggressive cricket paid off well for him at the domestic as well as in his international career thus far.
Rutherford initially made his New Zealand bow in his favoured format, Twenty20, after impressing for Otago in their 2013 HRV Cup-winning campaign.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has signed New Zealand Test opening batsman Hamish Rutherford who will strengthen the Club's batting options whilst Tillakaratne Dilshan is at the Caribbean Premier League.
The 26-year-old will join the Club in the middle of June and will be available for all three forms until the end of July, starting with the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Worcestershire on Friday 19 June.
In total, he will be available for seven NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, three LV= County Championship matches and four Royal London One-Day Cup games during his stay.
Rutherford, who is part of the New Zealand Test team touring England this May, has featured in 16 Tests for the Black Caps scoring 755 runs with a top score of 171 against England in Dunedin in 2013.
Graeme Welch voiced his disappointment after Glamorgan decided to declare during the final session on Day Three, denying Derbyshire the opportunity to claim maximum bowling points.
Only 29 balls were bowled on a rain-affected Day Three, but this was enough time for Derbyshire to claim two wickets to reduce Glamorgan to 103-4. After another delay, the hosts declared with a 102-run deficit after only 36.5 overs of their first innings had been bowled.
Elite Performance Director, Welch said: “We were looking to bowl them out for around 150. It's going to chuck it down on Wednesday and the only reason they've pulled out is to get their over-rate back up, depriving us of two bowling points.
“There might be a lot of weather about but we’re not playing cricket that way, we are trying to do the right things.
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