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PREVIEW: Squad named for 50-over opener

#DERvHAMDerbyshire Falcons begin their new Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against the Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground tomorrow (Saturday); 10.30am start – and kids go FREE!

Children can attend the game at Derby for FREE as part of the ‘Kids for FREE’ initiative. Adults wishing to come and enjoy the cricket can save £4 by buying their tickets in advance of the day of the game, just £13!

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.

Tickets will be available on the gate; however, the best value can be gained by purchasing tickets in advance of the day of the game. Kids go FREE!

Savings of up to £4 per adult ticket are available by purchasing online at derbyshireccc.com, over the phone on 0871 350 1870 or in person from The 3aaa County Ground.

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Madsen top scores, but Falcons fall short at New Road

WayneMadsenDerbyshire captain Wayne Madsen top-scored with 40, but Derbyshire Falcons fell short versus Worcestershire Rapids in their final NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season. 

Madsen scored 40 from just 21 balls, with four fours and two sixes, while Wes Durston (30), Gareth Cross (34) and Billy Godleman (26) all batted well alongside their skipper to put Derbyshire in the hunt of chasing down 210 for victory. 

This after Worcestershire had posted 209-4 of their 20 overs, thanks to all-rounder Ross Whiteley top-scoring with an unbeaten 84. 

The Falcons remained at the required run-rate for large portions of the chase, but lost late wickets and Derbyshire fell 28 runs short at New Road.

Read more: Madsen top scores, but Falcons fall short at New Road

Derbyshire reinforce education focus with Derby College partnership

DerbyCollegeDerby College has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Derbyshire County Cricket Club as part of the Club’s first ever partnership with a college of further education. 

Derby College - who have campuses located in Derby, Ilkeston and at Broomfield Hall in Morley – will be working in partnership with the Club to develop training opportunities for staff and partners, as well as creating the first ever Cricket Derbyshire Sports BTEC programme, launching in September 2014.

Working across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership, including Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, the BTEC programme will offer a range of sport specific training and qualifications for young people from the age of 16.

As part of the agreement, Derby College will also receive branding at The 3aaa County Ground, including prominent branding around the scoreboard.

Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We are delighted to be working with Derby College across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership.

Read more: Derbyshire reinforce education focus with Derby College partnership

Second XI settle for draw against Lancashire

LiverpoolCCTrialist Michael Cranmer scored 171 on debut as Derbyshire Second XI drew their Championship fixture with Lancashire Second XI at Liverpool Cricket Club.

Cranmer, a professional for Hoylandswaine Cricket Club in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League, made a stunning 171 from 221 balls as his side replied to Lancashire's 252 all out.

All-rounder Tom Knight made 46 and young wicketkeeper batsman Harvey Hosein, who recently signed his first professional contract with the Club, made 56, whilst Matt Higginbottom also impressed with the bat, scoring 40 not out from only 49 balls.

But it was all-rounder Cranmer, who also bowls fast-medium, who caught the eye with a stunning display as Derbyshire posted 436 all out, a first innings lead of 184.

Academy Graduate Ben Cotton had starred with the ball on Day One, taking 4-45 from 20 overs, ably assisted by Greg Cork (2-20) and Mark Turner (2-35). Liam Livingstone top-scored Lancashire with 111 from 195 balls, before Cotton enticed his edge through to Hosein behind the stumps. The hosts were eventually bowled out for 252 after deciding to bat first.

Read more: Second XI settle for draw against Lancashire

Welch hoping for successful 50-over campaign

GraemeWelchGraeme 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.

Read more: Welch hoping for successful 50-over campaign

PREVIEW: Falcons end T20 Blast campaign vs the Rapids

#WORvDERDerbyshire 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.

Read more: PREVIEW: Falcons end T20 Blast campaign vs the Rapids

Kids go FREE against Hampshire this Saturday

AutographsKids 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.

Read more: Kids go FREE against Hampshire this Saturday

Madsen excited for Royal London One-Day Cup

WayneMadsenWayne 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.

Read more: Madsen excited for Royal London One-Day Cup

Royal London One-Day Cup Matchday Information

RoyalLondonOne-DayCupDerbyshire 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."

Read more: Royal London One-Day Cup Matchday Information

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