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Kids go FREE to cricket this month

DerbyFree kids tickets for the Derbyshire Falcons' Yorkshire Bank 40 matches versus Durham Dynamos and Hampshire Royals with the first ever national promotion during the school holidays.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that all 18 First Class Counties and Scotland will offer free tickets to children attending Yorkshire Bank 40 games during August.

A total of 31 games will be available free of charge - including the two Derbyshire Falcons home fixtures on Thursday 15th August and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August - for any child with a paying adult, as part of a ground-breaking ECB initiative which aims to attract more youngsters to watch live cricket at their local county during the school holidays.

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to young cricket fans this summer as we look to take advantage of the increased interest cricket enjoys during an Ashes summer.

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Derbyshire receives ground development boost

The County GroundDerbyshire County Cricket Club has announced that ground development plans are being reviewed following confirmation of potential ECB grant funding totalling £1.7million.

Original plans were based on a grant of £1 million from the ECB which, following the vote to support change in governance, was successfully secured in June 2013.

The funding is ring-fenced for capital expenditure projects such as improved facilities for players, members, spectators and the media – and potential upgrades to wireless internet and floodlights.  

The potential additional £700,000, funded largely by an improved broadcast deal, is a welcome boost for a club that has to work hard each year to declare a surplus, despite the lowest player budget in Division One and one of the lowest in the first-class game.

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Surrey fixture signals start of Yorkshire Bank 40 triple-header

The OvalDerbyshire Falcons return to white ball action this weekend - with Sunday’s trip to the Kia Oval signalling the start of a Yorkshire Bank 40 triple-header against Surrey, Lancashire Lightning and Durham Dynamos.

After Sunday’s 40-over contest with Surrey (1.45pm start), Karl Krikken’s men make the trip north to Old Trafford to face Lancashire on Tuesday, 13th August (3.40pm start), before returning to the County Ground, Derby, on Thursday, 15th August, to go head-to-head with current Group B leaders Durham.

Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to start the triple-header on a winning note against Surrey, who currently sit a point above Derbyshire having played two more games. No result was possible the first time the two sides met earlier this season at the County Ground due to heavy rain back in May.

Gareth Batty’s side boast a heavily-experienced line-up featuring internationals Azhar Mahmood, Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Jon Lewis and Jade Dernbach. Victory for Derbyshire will move them above their London counterparts and put them within a win of moving into the top two places in the Group.

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Madsen: Academy players were huge for us

MadsenWayne Madsen praised the contributions from the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates after Derbyshire's maiden LV= County Championship win of the season against Sussex over the weekend.

Karl Krikken’s side romped to a nine-wicket win inside three days at Hove, securing the county’s first victory in the top flight of the County Championship for more than a decade. 

Five Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates - Tom Poynton, Alex Hughes, Matt Higginbottom, Peter Burgoyne and Ben Slater - featured in the win, and Captain Madsen was delighted with their key match-winning contributions. 

“The Academy players were huge for us during the game,” Madsen said. “The guys took crucial wickets and scored runs at crucial times and to have five of the guys who came through the academy system was just fantastic for us.

“We played really well over the three days; the team, coaching staff and everyone were delighted. We are all very proud.

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NatWest becomes ECB’s game-wide Twenty20 title sponsor

NatWestThe England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that NatWest will become the title sponsor of Twenty20 cricket at international, county and recreational level from 2014.

It is a ground-breaking agreement for the governing body, as it is the first time a single format sponsorship of the game has been offered to one organisation.

The four-year deal includes England’s eight international T20 fixtures against Sri Lanka (two matches – 2014 and 2016), India, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. NatWest will continue its support of the women’s game through its title sponsorship of England Women’s home international T20 fixtures. 

NatWest will also become the title sponsor of the county T20 competition with the majority of matches being played on Friday nights from 2014. This was the clear preference from the ever-increasing T20 fan base as reflected in ECB’s market research.

In recreational cricket, NatWest retains the title sponsorship of the extremely successful annual NatWest CricketForce weekend (4th-6th April 2014 being the thirteenth event) – where thousands of cricket clubs hold volunteer events to boost investment in grounds and facilities prior to each season, as well as the NatWest Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) which recognises and rewards the game’s volunteers. NatWest will also become the lead sponsor of the ECB’s National Club T20 competition which runs across 32 recreational league competition culminating with the Finals Day shown live on Sky Sports.

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Palladino targeting next Championship game

PalladinoTony Palladino has revealed he is targeting the next LV= County Championship fixture for his long-awaited return.

The 30-year-old has been out of action for three months with an abdominal injury, last appearing in Derbyshire’s four-day fixture against Somerset at the end of June.

The paceman, however, has been working hard off-the-field and is now eyeing the side’s Championship fixture with Middlesex (Tuesday, 20th August) at the County Ground for his likely return. 

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Palladino said. “I had a good couple of days training in Sussex and I am hoping to get back bowling flat out this week.

“If all goes well, I am hoping to be available for selection for the next Championship fixture. We obviously won our last game, so I don’t know if Krikk will want to change the team or not, but I will try my best to make myself available and I will be raring to go if selected.

“It has been a frustrating season so far for me. It was after the Somerset game, in which I was returning from an earlier injury, that I tweaked something. I felt that I had bowled and batted quite well in that game against Somerset too. But having been out for a large chunk of the campaign and then to get injured straight after was hard. 

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Derbyshire delight after first Championship win

HoveAn outstanding performance in the field, followed by a composed showing with the bat, helped Derbyshire claim their first LV= County Championship victory of the season against Sussex at Hove.

Karl Krikken’s men claimed six wickets in the morning session to set up the historic victory. Tim Groenewald (5-40) bowled superbly to complete his second five-wicket haul of the campaign, and to end the match with eight wickets.

Mark Footitt (3-39) picked up three key wickets, while Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Matt Higginbottom (1-24) and Alex Hughes (1-27) both claimed a wicket apiece to help dismiss the hosts for just 133 in their second innings – setting Derbyshire 174 to win.

The visitors wasted little time chasing down the total, with Chesney Hughes adding 34, before Ben Slater (66 not out) - who completed his maiden Championship half-century - and Wayne Madsen (62 not out) saw Derbyshire to their first victory in the top flight of the County Championship for more than a decade.

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Madsen and Burgoyne spark Derbyshire fightback

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen led by example hitting a superb 97, as together with Peter Burgoyne the pair helped kick-start the Derbyshire fightback on Day Two against Sussex at Hove.

The visitors seemed to be in trouble on 139-6, but an excellent Captain's knock from Madsen - lasting 270 balls and including 10 fours - and an unbeaten 62 from Academy graduate Burgoyne helped Karl Krikken's side recover to 274 all out.

Tim Groenewald capped off a good day by claiming the late wicket of Chris Nash, as Sussex closed on 11-1, an overall lead of 51 runs with nine wickets remaining.

Derbyshire made a solid start in reply to Sussex’s 314 all out at the beginning of the second day, as Ben Slater and Chesney Hughes added 36 runs for the opening wicket and in good time. But the promising partnership was ended when Chesney Hughes fell for 13 before Slater followed shortly after for 16. 

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Unprecedented turnout for Marketing Derby event

DerbyMarketing Derby bondholders turned out in unprecedented numbers to sample the County Ground hospitality at the recent Derbyshire Falcons versus Leicestershire Foxes Friends Life t20 fixture.

Around 300 members of the Derbyshire business community turned out for the Hospitality event in the beautiful County Ground Marquee as the Club demonstrated its support to Marketing Derby in its continuing quest to establish Derby as a brilliant place to live, work, invest and visit. 

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