The 2014 County fixture list will reveal a shake-up in the format of the domestic cricket calendar.
From next season, LV= County Championship fixtures will begin predominately on a Sunday, while the new-look Domestic Twenty20 competition will be held largely on Friday nights throughout the entire summer.
The structure of the four-day tournament will remain the same, with Derbyshire beginning life back in Division Two as they aim for an immediate return to the top-tier.
The Twenty20 competition, however, has been rebranded, with new game-wide sponsors NatWest on board, and Derbyshire will find themselves in a group of nine from next year.
The extended group will consist of the same five teams from 2013 - Nottinghamshire Outlaws, Lancashire Lightning, Yorkshire Vikings, Leicestershire Foxes and Durham Dynamos - plus Warwickshire Bears, Worcestershire Royals and Twenty20 Champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
The new-look calendar means these fixtures will be played predominately under floodlights on a Friday night across the whole summer, giving supporters the best opportunity to see the Falcons in Twenty20 action in 2014.
The 40-over tournament, meanwhile, has been scrapped and replaced by a new 50-over competition, the Royal London One-Day Cup, which will mirror the international ODI game.
In a random draw conducted earlier this year, Derbyshire were placed in Group A alongside Hampshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Essex.
Wayne Madsen's men will face each team once, welcoming Hampshire, Lancashire, Essex and Gloucestershire to the County Ground in Derby, while traveling to the remaining four teams.
The top four from Group A and B will then advance to the Quarter-Finals, then subsequently onto the Semi-Finals before advancing to the Final, which will once again be held at the home of cricket Lord’s at the end of the 2014 season.
Head Coach Karl Krikken believes the new format will give his side a good opportunity of advancing to the knockout stages for the first time, in either the Twenty20 or one-day competition, since 2005.
“Our 50-over group for next year looks like it has sides in that we have enjoyed success against in the past," he said.
"We think we have a chance, especially with the strides we made last campaign and the change in format as four teams will now advance.
"It will be all hands at the pump this winter to make sure we are improving as a one-day side and that we are fit and ready for the new season."
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The full 2014 County fixtures will be announced first on derbyshireccc.com in just over a week, on Tuesday 26 November at 9.30am.
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