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PREVIEW: Squad named for Trent Bridge showdown

#NOTvDERDerbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Friday 20 June; 6pm start. 

Chesney Hughes, Mark Footitt and David Wainwright all return to the NatWest T20 Blast matchday squad, but all-rounder Wes Durston will miss the fixture against Nottinghamshire due to injury.

The Falcons travel to Trent Bridge with the hopes of repeating last season’s result as a 25-ball unbeaten half-century from Wes Durston (5 fours, 2 sixes) and 46 off 25 balls from Chesney Hughes (6 fours, 2 sixes) guided Derbyshire to a 16-run win.

Nottinghamshire will be without England Twenty20 opener Michael Lumb due to injury, but their line-up will still contain a plethora of international talent including Alex Hales, James Taylor and Chris Read.

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Madsen fired up for local derby with Notts

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen says the squad are fired up as they travel to Trent Bridge tomorrow for the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against local rivals Nottinghamshire; 6pm start.

The Falcons enter the fixture of the back of a narrow eight-run defeat against Worcestershire Rapids in a thrilling Twenty20 clash at The 3aaa County Ground.

And Captain Madsen says the squad will take a lot of confidence from the improved performance and hopes they can get over the line against Notts tomorrow evening.

“We’re excited and pretty high on confidence after the way we played against Worcestershire last time out,” Madsen said.

“After the match against Worcestershire it was a weird feeling. We had taken big strides and played a lot better but we weren’t quite able to get over the line.

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Ticket incentive for Trent Bridge showdown

TrentBridgeDerbyshire supporters have until midnight on Thursday to secure discounted tickets for Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast match against Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge (play starts 6pm).

Adult tickets cost £14 in advance while under 16s can watch for £7. Under 21s and over 65s can buy for £10.

Notts expect a crowd in excess of 8,000 for the fixture as both sides seek to find form for a late surge towards qualification.

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Derbyshire’s biggest ever cricket heritage project launched

HeritageProjectThe Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) has received £60,600 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch the Proud to be Derbyshire Project, designed to safeguard and promote the heritage of cricket across the county.  

The project will form a Cricket Derbyshire photographic archive and bring together images spanning over 140 years.

As well as a permanent archive at The 3aaa County Ground, the project will also produce an extensive online resource to be accessible to all.

The heritage project will recruit help from members, volunteers, community clubs, schools and other stakeholders. It is due to be completed by December 2015.

Commenting on the Award, Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We are delighted to have received this award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Surrey wrap up four-day victory

MarkFootittSurrey wrapped up a 10-wicket victory on the final day of the LV= County Championship match against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground. 

Surrey needed only 21 runs and ,with no threat of rain, it was just a question of how quickly they scored the runs and whether Derbyshire could take a couple of wickets.

Mark Footitt opened from the Racecourse End and beat Rory Burns with his first ball, squared him up with his second and a diving take down the leg side by Gareth Cross off the last delivery prevented four leg byes.

After Zafar Ansari squeezed Tony Palladino behind square for the first run, Burns clipped him through mid-wicket for an all-run three and Ansari steered Footitt to the third man boundary in the next over.

Ansari straight-drove Palladino for three more before a an edge between third slip and gully off Footitt brought him a streaky four and Burns completed victory when he turned the 35th ball of the day past square leg.

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Welch: Young players to get their chance in Groenewald absence

TimGroenewaldGraeme Welch says Tim Groenewald’s decision to leave at the end of the season will give young players at the Club a great opportunity to show what they can do.

Groenewald advised Derbyshire last week of his intention to leave the Club at the end of the season.

Welch says, if required, Groenewald is still available for selection, but his thoughts have moved towards the future of the Club and offering young players experience with the senior side.

“Tim came to me last Friday and said he was moving on at the end of the season,” he said.

“I was happy for Tim. He’s been a great player for the Club and we will miss him. But as soon as he mentioned that, my mind clicked into the future.

“We have got four or five young seamers here who I believe will probably end up better than Tim. It’s a massive call but that’s what we’re here for.

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Surrey on verge of victory at The 3aaa County Ground

StephenMooreDavid Wainwright hit his second half-century of the season, but Surrey ended Day Three requiring just 21 runs to win on the final day.

Surrey were dismissed for 421 during the morning session, a lead of 268, after Chris Tremlett had hit some big blows to add 42 off just 48 balls (2 fours, 4 sixes).

Tom Taylor (2-108), who yesterday claimed his maiden first-class wicket, dismissed Tremlett before Mark Footitt removed Jade Dernbach’s middle stump to end the innings and return figures 4-63 off his 23.4 overs. The wicket for Footitt was also his 150th first-class scalp.

Derbyshire made a solid start in reply as openers Stephen Moore and Paul Borrington added 62 runs for the first wicket, before Moore fell just before Lunch for 30 (4 fours).

The hosts, however, suffered a difficult afternoon session in which they lost four wicket, including Borrington for 38 (5 fours), to enter Tea on 165-5.  Spin duo Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari did the damage claiming all five wickets between them.

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Taylor proud of maiden first-class scalp

TomTaylorAcademy graduate Tom Taylor spoke of his pride after claiming the scalp of Hashim Amla as his maiden first-class wicket yesterday at The 3aaa County Ground.

Amla, Surrey’s overseas player, number four-ranked Test batsman in the world and new captain of South Africa, was the 19-year-old’s first wicket in a Derbyshire shirt in his second first-class appearance.

“It was a good feeling,” Taylor said speaking to the Derby Telegraph.

“The coaching staff and all the lads were spurring me on to get that one and luckily it happened.

“I thought I had him last night but I didn’t really go up for that one and then there was a shout in the morning that he got an inside edge too but I was very happy to get him in the end.

“As a first wicket, he probably is up there, especially at this time now he is South African captain.

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Davies and Ansari put Surrey in control

MarkFootittCenturies from Zafar Ansari and Steven Davies put Surrey in a commanding position against Derbyshire on a day of firsts in the LV=County Championship match at The 3aaa County Ground.

Ansari celebrated his maiden first-class century in his 33rd match while Davies scored his first Championship century of the season as Surrey closed the second day on 392 for 8 , a lead of 239.

Derbyshire’s bowlers did not have a great deal of luck but young paceman Tom Taylor dismissed South African Test batsman Hashim Amla to claim his maiden first-class wicket.

Surrey are now strongly placed to push for victory but Derbyshire will feel they deserved better from a day which started so well when Taylor bagged the prize wicket of Amla in the fourth over of another overcast morning.

The 19-year-old had bowled impressively in the previous match at Leicester without success but his first victim is one he will treasure and it was richly deserved.

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