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ECB announces Etihad Airways as first official airline partner

EtihadAirwaysECB today announced a three-year deal with Etihad Airways which will see the carrier become England cricket’s first ever official airline.

The agreement means all England national squads across men’s, women’s, age-group and disability cricket will fly with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.

In return, the airline will benefit from a comprehensive range of commercial rights including access to England players for promotional appearances, advertising at international grounds in England and Wales, tickets and hospitality packages.

The agreement will encompass England’s domestic international and overseas touring programme from 2014-2016, extend to winter training camps in the UAE involving England squads and also include a joint community-based cricket initiative.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious global brand as Etihad into our ever-expanding family of commercial partners. This is a major business partnership for ECB which will bring significant benefits to all our England teams and we will be working closely with Etihad to deliver maximum exposure for their brand.”

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Cotton claims two, but Pujara and Binny give India lead

BenCottonBen Cotton was the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers, but India, led by Cheteshwar Pujara, claimed a first-innings lead on an entertaining Day Two at The 3aaa County Ground.

Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Cotton claimed two wickets, removing Shikhar Dhawan (6) and Virat Kohli (36), to end with figures of 2-25 off his 15 overs.

Cheteshwar Pujara joint top-scored for the touring side with 81, before he retired out midway through the afternoon session, before Stuart Binny closed the day unbeaten on 81, with India 341-6 declared at the close, a lead of 15.

Both teams will now bat 45 overs on the final day, with Derbyshire batting first, as we determine the first winner of the Royal Crown Derby Trophy.

Derbyshire claimed two early wickets to enjoy the better of the opening stages of Day Two at The 3aaa County Ground.
Mark Turner (1-53 off 11 overs) had Murali Vijay lbw for six in the ninth over of the day, to a delivery that came back in to the right-hander.

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Durston hoping to secure place for Chesterfield Festival

WesDurstonWes Durston, who hit 95 off just 90 balls against India on Tuesday, hopes his performance was enough to earn a place back in the four-day side for the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, writes Harry Foley.

Against a strong Indian bowling attack, Durston contributed 95 runs towards Derbyshire’s score of 326-5. Other major contributions came from Ben Slater (54), Billy Godleman (67*) and debutant Harvey Hosein (53*) on a good day for the Derbyshire batsmen.

Durston’s knock included 14 fours and 2 sixes, at more than a run a ball in an excellent cameo that came to an end midway through the evening session. Durston feels that he’s now back on track to returning to play his best cricket and gain the consistency needed to become a first team regular again.

“My form has come back week by week,” Durston said. “It was nice Friday night to show it in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture and to back it up today – that was important.

“I’m sure there were question marks over my red ball form and ability, but I showed yesterday against India that I’ve still got it.

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Old Speckled Hen sponsors the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket

ChesterfieldOld Speckled Hen has reinforced its support for cricket across Derbyshire by becoming official sponsors of the 2014 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, held in association with Chesterfield Borough Council at Queen’s Park. 

Brewer of the beer and leading pub retailer, Greene King, has thrown its support behind the six-day festival, which starts on Sunday 6 July and includes NatWest T20 Blast clashes against local rivals Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes, and a LV= County Championship fixture versus Essex.

The Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket – in association with Chesterfield Borough Council - will represent the second successive year that title sponsorship has been attributed to a commercial partner for the annual event, which returned to the Derbyshire sporting calendar in 2006. 

Old Speckled Hen Sales Development Manager, Melanie Cropper, said: “It’s exciting to be affiliated with the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which is one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar in the area.

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Derbyshire batsmen enjoy Day One vs India

WesDurstonFour Derbyshire batsmen hit half-centuries, including Wes Durston who top-scored with 95, as the hosts posted 326-5 on the opening day against India at The 3aaa County Ground, by Christabel Bancroft. 

Ben Slater (54), Billy Godleman (67*) and 17-year-old Harvey Hosein (53*) – making his senior debut – all hit scores above fifty on a good opening day for the Derbyshire batsmen.

Durston struck 14 fours and two sixes in his 90-ball 95, but he fell just short of three figures midway through the final session, before Godleman and Hosein saw out the day.

Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first, but Paul Borrington was caught at slip by Pankaj Singh without scoring.

Slater and Chesney Hughes recovered to add 70 for the second wicket, before Hughes fell to the final ball before Lunch, bowled by Ravindra Jadeja, for 23 (4 fours), with Derbyshire 79-1.

Slater completed his half-century shortly after the restart, off 113 balls (8 fours), but he could only add four more runs before he was bowled by Jadeja for 54, with Derbyshire 112-3 after 35 overs.

Alex Hughes followed next, bowled by Ishwar Pandey for one. This brought the experienced Wes Durston to the crease and he quickly got into his rhythm. He hit the first six of the day, high over mid-wicket off Jadeja putting Derbyshire at 140-4 off 46 overs.

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Touring teams to compete for Royal Crown Derby Trophy

MSDhoniWayneMadsenDerbyshire and India, in the three day Test warm-up match – at The 3aaa County Ground - which continues tomorrow, are playing for the Royal Crown Derby Trophy.

Royal Crown Derby has donated a bespoke Trophy to commemorate matches between Derbyshire County Cricket Club and touring national teams, starting with the current fixture and continuing with the visit of Australia in 2015.

It will remain on display at The 3aaa County Ground but will be awarded to the winning side at each tourist match, or shared in the event of a draw.

The trophy is a unique and bespoke piece of fine bone china made especially for Derbyshire County Cricket Club, hand-made in the traditional pattern known as Imari and standing at a height of 34cm

Its oak plinth, meanwhile, was crafted by Mark Rhodes, carpenter at Chatsworth House. The oak originated from an oak tree off the Chatsworth Estate, felled in 1930 and seasoned ready for use.

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PREVIEW: India next up at The 3aaa County Ground

#DERvINDDerbyshire welcome India to The 3aaa County Ground on Tuesday for the start of the Test warm-up match; 11am start – and tickets will be available on the gate for all three days.

World Cup winning Captain, MS Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby as they go head-to-head with Wayne Madsen’s Derbyshire side.The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119. 

Tickets will be available on the gate (£18 Adults, £5 Juniors), but supporters can save £4 by purchasing their matchday tickets in advance of the day of the game. To buy tickets, please call 0871 350 1870 or click here>>

PLEASE NOTE: The Gateway Centre car park will be open for Hospitality guests and members of the Media only.

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Madsen looking forward to India test

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen says the three-day Test warm-up match against India – starting on Tuesday 1 July – will give the squad the perfect opportunity to test themselves against some of the best players in the world.

World Cup winning Captain, Dhoni, will lead the India Test side out at Derby next week as they go head-to-head with Madsen’s Derbyshire side. The India side will include some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.

India’s middle-order will be led by explosive batsman Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a rich vein of form. The 25-year-old has already scored 1,721 runs in his short Test career, including six hundreds and a top score of 119. 

“Everyone is really excited and looking forward to the match against India,” Madsen said.

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Dhoni hoping India fans will be out in force at Derby this week

MSDhoniIndia Captain MS Dhoni has highlighted the importance of tour matches and hopes India supporters will come out in force at The 3aaa County Ground this week. 

The touring India Test side arrived in England earlier this week ahead of the Test warm-up match against Derbyshire; starting on Tuesday 1 July at 11am.

Dhoni, who last toured England with India in 2011, says he is looking forward to the three-day fixture and believes it will be the ideal preparation as his side prepare for the five Test series against Alastair Cook’s men.

“All over England we have lots of support,” Dhoni said. “Just look at the Champions Trophy when we played in the final, I think we had more support than the English team.

“I don’t think we are short of fans in England and we hope plenty come out to support the side.

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