Graeme Welch says the new 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup competition will suit the Falcons as they look to get their campaign off to a winning start tomorrow (Saturday) versus Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground; 10.30am start.
The new 50-over competition replaces the 40-over tournament of last season to reflect the international game, with the same power play rules and the use of two new balls per innings, one from either end.
Welch says the squad enter the competition in a positive frame of mind after back-to-back LV= County Championship victories and hopes the side can have a good cup run.
"Naturally, we have to go into every competition in a positive frame of mind," he said.
"I think we probably have a better idea of a team that can compete in that and I think the longer game will suit us.
"We are improving in Championship cricket and there are a lot of disciplines in 50-over that are similar to Championship cricket – bowling line and lengths, seeing off a good spell.
Derbyshire Falcons travel to Worcester on Friday night for their final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season against Worcestershire Rapids (5.30pm start).
The Rapids will be aiming to confirm their place in the Quarter-Finals and possibly secure a home tie for the next round.
The hosts will, however, be without Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal as he resumes his international duty, but New Zealand duo Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan are both available.
In the match between the two sides earlier in the summer at The 3aaa County Ground, skipper Wayne Madsen top-scored with 65, but the Falcons fell just short of Worcestershire’s total in a thrilling NatWest T20 Blast clash.
Kids can attend Derbyshire’s opening Royal London One-Day Cup fixture versus Hampshire Royals at The 3aaa County Ground for FREE this Saturday 26 July; 10.30am start.
Kick-off the summer school holiday with a day at the cricket as Wayne Madsen’s side begin the new domestic 50-over competition against the Royals.
The Royal London One-Day Cup is a new-look 50-over domestic competition in which the 18 First Class Counties are divided into two groups of nine and compete for a place in a Lord’s final.
Derbyshire's first opponents are Hampshire who boast a strong one-day squad including the likes of England International Michael Carberry, big-hitting captain Jimmy Adams and exciting young spinner Danny Briggs.
Wayne Madsen is hoping the Falcons can turn red-ball form into white-ball cricket as Derbyshire begin their new Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground on Saturday (10.30am start).
Derbyshire enter the new domestic 50-over competition off the back of successive LV= County Championship victories, against Gloucestershire and Glamorgan.
Madsen says the tournament will give the squad a chance for a fresh start in the one-day format - and he’s hoping that plenty of youngsters can attend the fixture, as kids go FREE this Saturday.
“The kids go FREE offer for Saturday is great. I remember watching one-day cricket when I was a youngster and it was always brilliant to come down and watch great cricket,” Madsen said.
“We are really looking forward to the Royal London One-Day Cup starting on Saturday.
“We’ll go into Saturday with a lot of confidence on the back of the wins against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire.
Derbyshire Falcons begin their new Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against Hampshire Royals at The 3aaa County Ground on Saturday 26 July (10.30am start) - and kids go FREE!
Children under the age of 16 can watch the Falcons, led by Captain Wayne Madsen, take on a strong Hampshire side, including England international Michael Carberry, for FREE this Saturday, and the whole family can enjoy a day at the cricket.
Hampshire boast a strong one-day squad including the likes of Carberry, big-hitting captain Jimmy Adams and exciting young spinner Danny Briggs.
Madsen said: “We’ll go into Saturday with a lot of confidence on that back of the wins against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire.
“It’s a new competition to tuck into and it’s something different because we haven’t played 50-over cricket for a while due to the 40-over competition that took over.
“The ‘Kids Go FREE’ offer for Saturday is great because I remember watching one-day cricket when I was a youngster and it was always brilliant to come down and watch great cricket - and we hope to see many youngsters at the ground on Saturday."
Mark Footitt and Shivnarine Chanderpaul have been awarded with their Derbyshire County Cricket Club County Caps after the LV= County Championship victory against Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch presented the Derbyshire pair with their County Caps shortly after the hosts claimed victory on the third morning.
Footitt joined the Club in 2010 and has claimed 144 first-class wickets, at 28 apiece, in 44 matches for Derbyshire. He yesterday reached 50 first-class in a season for the first time in his career.
West Indies batsman Chanderpaul, who joined the Club at the start of the 2013 season, has hit 1463 first-class runs for Derbyshire in 24 matches, averaging 45 and including one century and 14 half-centuries.
Derbyshire completed their second successive LV= County Championship victory with a six-wicket win over Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.
Mark Footitt yesterday took career-best figures of 6-48, and claimed his 50th first-class wicket of the season, as Glamorgan were bowled out for 175 to leave Derbyshire with target of 73 to win.
Ben Slater (20), Wayne Madsen (19*) and Wes Durston (13*) saw their side to victory with six wickets to spare on the morning of Day Three, with Graeme Welch's men claiming 20 points.
The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop has hit the first £1,000 of sales for the season; thanks to the hard work of volunteers - and the generosity of members and supporters.
The shop, which raised over £3,500 last season, has enjoyed a successful year despite the adverse weather conditions.
The shop has reached its first landmark of the season and with plans for an end of season sale, containing some of the rarer yearbooks and other Club related items, hopes are that sales will exceed £2,000 for the year.
Shop co-ordinator Phil Kirby is thanking members and supporters for their wonderful support, both in the purchase of books and in donating items for sale.
Phil Kirby said: “Whilst not as quickly achieved as in 2013, I think against a backdrop of very poor weather early season we have done really well to reach £1,000 so far.
Mark Footitt was delighted with his career-best day as the left-arm seamer reached 50 first-class wickets in the season for the first time on Day Two versus Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground.
Figures of 6-48, his best in his first-class career, moved the 28-year-old passed the 50-wicket landmark for the first time yesterday, helping to dismiss Glamorgan for 175 and set the hosts 73 for victory.
Footitt says it was a special day for him and he was happy to play his part in a good all-round bowling performance, but insists there’s still plenty more to come.
“It was nice. Something clicked early on and it was nice to get the first five wickets and hopefully help the team win the game,” Footitt said.
“You do look at the wickets you’ve got but you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. Before the last game, 50 felt like miles away and at the start of this game I was six wickets away.
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