I would say there is an almost universal consensus of enthusiasm surrounding Derbyshire cricket at the moment.
It is certainly the case for those involved with the club, be it players, staff or supporters. I said as much to Keith on Friday that, as I begin my fourth season, there is a definite sense of optimism in the air.
I’m not sure what those on the outside make of Derbyshire’s chances - having read few previews or predictions - but I would imagine the club isn’t in the forefront of many minds in relation to challenging for honours.
Having seen Derbyshire amass 288 for the loss of 10 wickets on the Sunday, Warwickshire’s openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood set off positively, the pair reaching 40-0 from the opening 10 overs, bowled by Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald.
However Derbyshire’s bowlers were soon making inroads as Jon Clare had Westwood (23) caught at the wicket before Mark Footitt had Chopra (34) and Darren Maddy (0) out to LBW in consecutive deliveries to leave the visitors 71-3.
The hat-trick ball was survived by Jim Troughton but his stay would not last long, becoming the impressive Footitt’s third victim; caught Paul Borrington at 4th slip for 0, looking to turn the ball away through Square Leg.
Wainwright (pictured above alongside his Captain during yesterday’s play versus Yorkshire) top-scored for the home side who posted 298 for the loss of ten wickets on a day that saw four of their players bat on two occasions.
The 27-year-old took to the crease at 74-5 after Derbyshire’s top-order had folded against a disciplined Warwickshire unit early-on.
The deadline for purchasing tickets at the Early Bird discounted price has been extended until the end of the first LV= County Championship game versus Northamptonshire on Thursday 5th, Good Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Easter Sunday 8th April.
This means supporters can buy adult tickets for any match in 2012, including the two day match versus South Africa and the five Friends Life t20 matches, for just £12 each until the conclusion of Easter weekend.
Ticket prices will then increase to £13 if purchased in advance of the day of the game. Paying on the gate will cost supporters £16 at all matches.
The Falcons contingent is cycling a return journey from Ashbourne via the Tissington Trail, both providing an acid test of their strength & conditioning as well as raising funds for a deserving cause.
All-rounder Matt Fletcher said: “A few of the guys have close links with Alzheimer issues within their families so the money we raise is going to an excellent cause, as well as having some real meaning to the guys taking part.”
British Bulldogs will know no boundaries this summer
The ECB today announced that British Bulldogs will be shrugging off their lazy reputation this summer, as they take up a fetching role in this season’s Friends Life t20 competition.
This summer will see an army of the loveable dogs dotted around the boundaries of the nation’s cricket grounds, with the sole purpose of returning balls that have been dispatched over the boundary.
It was a good day for Derbyshire as cricket returned to The County Ground ahead of the new campaign, which begins next Thursday, April 5th at home to Northants.
Having been set a target of 175 from 50 overs, the hosts cruised to the total inside 32 overs, however in truth the result of the match was always of secondary importance.
Earlier in the proceedings, Yorkshire had set about the task of building an innings in a solid manner with both Adam Lyth and Alexander Lees giving few chances in the early exchanges.
A 20% discount on a tour of arguably the world’s most prestigious and historic cricket ground is a notable inclusion in this year’s Members’ Benefits Initiative.
The tour is available for just £12 adults (usually £15) with over 60s, students and under 16s gaining entry for just£7.20 (usually £9).
In to its third year, the Members’ Benefits Initiative creates even further value to all membership categories at Derbyshire; with over 100 participating stores and establishments across the region.
The initiative also includes an impressive variety of discounts available in the city’s famed Cathedral Quarter, with Derbyshire members eligible to sign up for an I Love the Cathedral Quarter card.
Derbyshire entertain Yorkshire today as The County Ground experiences its first dose of cricketing action in 2012.
Beginning at 10:45am, the match will be a 50 overs per side match, contested in whites with a red ball; with entry free to all spectators.
The Gateway Centre Viewing Area will be available for all refreshments whilst the Club Shop, Membership and Ticket Department will also be open in the same building where, amongst other things, supporters can take advantage of discounted advanced tickets to ALL home matches in 2012.
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