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Steelbacks Twenty20 fixture abandoned

The3aaaCountyGroundDerbyshire Falcons’ NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Northamptonshire Steelbacks at The 3aaa County Ground this evening has been abandoned without a ball bowled. 

ECB umpires Peter Hartley and Neil Bainton carried out an inspection at 6.30pm and deemed that the outfield had taken too much water and conditions were unsafe for play.

Supporters who have purchased a matchday ticket for tonight’s fixture can use their ticket to gain free entry at any other match during the 2014 season, with the exception of the all ticket matches; versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday 6th June, versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield on Sunday 13th July and the three day tourist fixture versus India.

Alternatively a refund may be claimed by applying in writing to the ticket office enclosing your matchday ticket along with your name and address.

Derbyshire Falcons are back in NatWest T20 Blast action at The 3aaa County Ground next Friday (6 June), in the first of those all ticket fixtures as Wayne Madsen’s men welcome neighbours Nottinghamshire Outlaws for the highly-anticipated local derby. 

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India name squad to tour England

PujaraIndia have named their squad to tour England this summer, including the Test warm-up match against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Tuesday 1 July.

Derbyshire Members and supporters will see some of the biggest names in world cricket when the touring India side arriving in Derby. MS Dhoni will captain an India side featuring big-hitting superstar Virat Kohli, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are also incredibly talented batsmen while Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are high-class spin bowlers. The 18-man squad also includes six quick bowlers including Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Rajasthan's fast bowler Pankaj Singh.

The touring India side will compete in a three-day fixture against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground between Tuesday 1 July and Thursday 3 July.

Tickets are now on sale and supporters who buy tickets in advance will save £4 on each matchday ticket purchased. To buy tickets please call 0871 350 1870 or click here>>

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Derbyshire announce partnership with Burton-based engineering firm

BriggsofBurtonBriggs of Burton has agreed a five-year partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club to become the official pre-season tour sponsors, in memory of the late Keith Poynton, father of Derbyshire wicketkeeper, Tom. 

Keith Poynton, whose 40 year career with Briggs of Burton saw him rise from apprentice to Director, was passionate about cricket in Derbyshire and attended the county’s pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi in March.

The new partnership secures future pre-season tours which will allow the Derbyshire squad to partake in warm weather training ahead of each new campaign. 

The partnership will also inaugurate the Keith Poynton Spirit of Cricket Derbyshire Award to be presented each year at the Player of the Year Awards Evening.

The recent memorial service and Snazzy Socks Sunday, which took place on the opening day of home cricket this season, raised over £3,000 for a Game Ready Machine to assist in player rehabilitation.

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PREVIEW: Squad named to face Steelbacks

#DERvNORDerbyshire Falcons continue their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against reigning champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks tonight at The 3aaa County Ground; 6.30pm start. 

Wayne Madsen's side enter the fixture on the back of last Friday's defeat to Lancashire, when the Falcons missed out by 27 runs despite quickfire cameos from Stephen Moore, Marcus North, Scott Elstone and Madsen himself. 

Graeme Welch has made just one change to his matchday squad from the loss to Lancashire with the inclusion of paceman Matt Higginbottom, while former Australia Test batsman Marcus North will also be available for the fixture.

The Fentones, a East Midlands party and function band, will be performing live immediately after the match in the Lund Pavilion for supporters to enjoy.

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Match drawn against Gloucestershire

RainDerbyshire drew their LV= County Championship fixture versus Gloucestershire after no play was possible on the final day at The 3aaa County Ground.

Persistent rain washed out any hopes of an unlikely final day victory as both teams settled for eight points from the heavily rain-affected match.

Wayne Madsen’s men are next in four-day action on Sunday when they travel to Southampton to face Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

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Cricket returns to The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow night as the Falcons entertain reigning Twenty20 champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Play begins at 6.30pm and scheduled to finish at 9.15pm.

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Elstone: We will keep fighting

ScottElstoneScott Elstone says Derbyshire will continue to fight as they prepare for the visit of reigning champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Thursday at The 3aaa County Ground. 

Graeme Welch's men enter the fixture on the back of last Friday's defeat to Lancashire, when the Falcons missed out by 27 runs despite quickfire cameos from Stephen Moore, Marcus North, Wayne Madsen and Elstone himself who scored an unbeaten 24 from 12 balls.

Elstone says the squad are determined to kick start their season with a good result against Northants in front of the Sky Sports cameras. 

“We fell a bit short with the bat last week against Lancashire, but we will be back fighting. Hopefully we can kick on and perform well against Northants on Thursday at The 3aaa County Ground," Elstone said. 

“We will keep fighting and hopefully we can put in a performance on Thursday which can kick start our season.

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Derbyshire enjoy better of rain-shortened day

MarkFootittDerbyshire enjoyed the better of a rain-shortened day against Gloucestershire, who closed Day Three on 66-4, still trailing by 212 runs. 

Rain washed out the first two sessions of the day before play finally got underway at 4.10pm, with 38 overs left in the day.

Derbyshire made an immediate breakthrough courtesy of Mark Footitt (2-28 off 9.5 overs) who clean bowled Chris Dent, removing his off stump, for 12 in the third over of the day.

After another brief delay due to bad light, the players reappeared and Derbyshire quickly claimed their second wicket. Tim Groenewald (1-15 off 6 overs) forced an inside edge off Michael Klinger (12) which looped up off his pad to Paul Borrington at short-leg who took a good catch diving forward.

Derbyshire continued to push for wickets and they duly got their reward as Alex Gidman (6) mistimed a short delivery off Footitt straight to David Wainwright a short mid-wicket. 

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Elstone leads the recovery on rain-shortened day

The3aaaCountyGroundScott Elstone hit his maiden first-class half-century to help Derbyshire fightback on a rain-shortened second day against Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.

Elstone and David Wainwright shared a 70-run stand for the seventh wicket as the hosts improved from 166-6 overnight to 278 shortly after the Lunch interval on Day Two.

Elstone, appearing in only his second first-class fixture, completed his maiden first-class fifty off 122 balls, before finally falling for a career-best 63 off 158 balls (5 fours), with Derbyshire 223-7.

Wainwright continued his timely innings hitting five fours in his unbeaten 54, but he ran out of partners and Graeme Welch’s men were all out for 278 during the afternoon session. Will Gidman was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4 for 50 off 25 overs, while Benny Howell also claimed four with figures of 4 for 60 off 29 overs.

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Elstone stands firm to keep Derbyshire in the hunt

ScottElstoneScott Elstone repelled the Gloucestershire onslaught and survived to fight another day as Derbyshire reached 166-6 on Day One in the LV= County Championship.

The 23-year-old closed unbeaten on 36, from 99 balls, as the home side fought hard in difficult conditions after losing the toss on a rain-reduced day at The 3aaa County Ground.

Elstone’s impressive rearguard came in the face of a clutter of wickets at the opposite end as Graeme Welch’s men collapsed from a position of strength at 78-1.

The fine start had come courtesy of an assured 77-run second wicket stand between Paul Borrington (42) and Wayne Madsen (33), only for a calamitous run out to turn the game in favour of the visitors.

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