The South African Test team - currently in action versus England at Headingley Carnegie – are soon to do battle with Derbyshire at the County Ground; and all under 16’s can attend for free.
The Proteas are Derby bound for a two day fixture starting on Friday 10th August (11am) as they prepare for the third and final Investec Test Match at Lord’s.
A batting line-up containing the likes of Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis – plus the 90 miles-per-hour firepower of Dale Steyn (pictured) and Morne Morkel – will pose a significant challenge for Derbyshire with both bat and ball.
And Head Coach Karl Krikken says Derbyshire’s developing young team are looking forward to the contest.
“Our lads are very much looking forward to testing our skills against some of the best players in the world,” he said.
“It will be great for our members and supporters to see such high profile players in action at Derby; and our lads will be out to entertain what I’m sure will be a healthy crowd too.
“The England v South Africa series is capturing the imagination of the nation at the present time. It will be reaching a real crescendo by the time of the match at the County Ground and it will be great to be involved.”
The match between Derbyshire and South Africa will be played under Test match rules with an 11am start 90 overs scheduled for each day.
The team that bats first will declare at the conclusion of Day 1 if they haven’t been dismissed by close of play.
On the final day, if both captains accept there is no prospect of either side achieving a victory, they may agree to finish the match at the commencement of the last hour or when 15 overs remain.
Entry is free for all under 16’s upon the completion of a simple form at the gate. Adults can save up to £3 per ticket by purchasing in advance of the day of the game. The price of entry on the gate is £16.
Bar facilities and refreshments are available including a traditional South African braai barbeque on the Saturday of the match. Supporters, however, will not be permitted to take their own alcohol into the ground.
It remains to be seen whether South Africa will start the game as the number one or number two Test team in the world.
The 3aaa County Ground, Grandstand Road, Derby DE21 6AF. Tel: 01332 388 101
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