Tom Poynton, who lost his father tragically in April and has been ruled out of playing this season, recently appeared on TV to launch a project aimed at step changing relations between Cricket Derbyshire and the county’s 25,000 strong British/South Asian community.
On Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, and Thursday 3 July, a full strength India Test Match squad - captained by MS Dhoni and including the likes of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Guatam Gambhir - will face Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground in a three day match.
Poynton's India Club will aim to ensure that the visit leaves a legacy in the Club and throughout the county.
The Derbyshire wicketkeeper is chairing a high-flying group of advisors containing the likes of Baggy Shanker (Sinfin & Osmaston Councillor)), Kultaran Singh (Managing Director, HSKS Greenhalgh Accountants) Sunny Sharma (Director, Datron Ltd) and Narinder Sharma (Chief Executive, Derbyshire Carers).
The group is tasked with grasping the opportunity to welcome and engage the British Indian population to play, attend and follow cricket in Derbyshire and - in the process - to maximise attendances at the game and welcome dinner.
Tony Palladino claimed four wickets but Hampshire enjoyed the better of a tightly-fought opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture at the Ageas Bowl.
Adam Wheater top scored with a run a ball 87 to help the hosts recover after Palladino claimed three quick wickets after the Lunch interval during a stunning spell of bowling.
Will Smith and Jimmy Adams had earlier added 82 and 60 respectively, before two late wickets from Tim Groenewald pegged the hosts back, but they still able to close in a strong position on 332-7.
It was a frustrating morning for the Derbyshire bowlers after Wayne Madsen had won the toss and elected to field first.
Jimmy Adams was dropped at slip when only on two, but he and opening partner Smith remained unbeaten at lunch with Hampshire 110-0, despite a few close calls and some good bowling from the Derbyshire seamers.
Derbyshire return to red ball action tomorrow as they continue their LV= County Championship campaign against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl; 11am start.
Despite an eye-catching century from Stephen Moore (128) and five wickets in the match from Mark Footitt, Derbyshire drew their first meeting against Jimmy Adam’s side in a rain-affected fixture at The 3aaa County Ground in April.
Hampshire enter the fixture on the back of a convincing 278-run victory against Leicestershire which moved them back to the top of the Division Two table.
Wayne Madsen says the performance against Yorkshire was simply not good enough but has vowed to bounce back, starting with the four-day fixture away at Hampshire starting tomorrow; 11am start.
Alex Lees’ unbeaten 61 and two wickets apiece for Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid helped the Vikings claim a comfortable eight-wicket win at Headingley yesterday evening.
Madsen admitted it was an unacceptable performance and is pleading for a positive showing from his side as they return to red ball action with a trip to the Ageas Bowl tomorrow.
“It was a tough day,” Madsen said. "As a team, we just didn’t perform well enough. We didn’t just lose, we were pretty much hammered out there. That’s tough to take.
“Post-match we remained in the dressing room and spoke in-depth.
Despite an unbeaten 34 from Wayne Madsen, Yorkshire Vikings claimed a comfortable eight-wicket win in the NatWest T20 Blast clash at Headingley.
After winning the toss, Derbyshire made a quick start with the bat courtesy of Stephen Moore (18) and Chesney Hughes (11), but the visitors lost four quick wickets to slip from 33-0 in the fourth over to 49-4 in the eighth.
Adil Rashid was the chief destroyer claiming figures of 4-19 off his four overs as Yorkshire dominated the middle overs. Madsen and Scott Elstone (14) added 33 runs in six overs, but the visitors struggled to find the boundaries in the face of some good bowling from Liam Plunkett (2-25 off four overs).
Madsen remained unbeaten at the close to top score with a run a ball 34, while Gareth Cross added a useful 20 off 18 balls, but Derbyshire could only post a below par total of 127-6 off their 20 overs.
Derbyshire Falcons continue their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley tonight; 5.30pm start.
Graeme Welch has added Mark Turner to his matchday squad to travel to Leeds, which also includes former Australia Test batsman Marcus North.
The Falcons will travel to Headingley with the hopes of repeating last season’s result as three wickets from Mark Footitt (3-22) and a rear-guard unbeaten 35 from Jonathan Clare helped Derbyshire make a winning start to the 2013 campaign.
Yorkshire will have world number one Twenty20 batsman Aaron Finch in their line-up after he arrived in the UK earlier this week after a successful spell in the 2014 Indian Premier League.
Supporters are reminded that all tickets are now on general sale for Derbyshire's three all-ticket matches, starting with the local derby against Nottinghamshire Outlaws next Friday, 6 June; 7pm start.
Last season’s clash with Nottinghamshire was a complete sell-out with almost 5,000 supporters packing The 3aaa County Ground for the Friday night Twenty20 fixture.
Due to large demand, the Club are encouraging supporters to purchase their tickets in advance of the day and supporters can make savings of £4.
Members and Six Pack Ticket Holders are asked to claim tickets from the ticket office in advance. Please call 01332 388 101 or visit the Ticket Office at the Gateway Centre; Grandstand Road, Derby, DE21 6DA.
Derbyshire Falcons’ NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Northamptonshire Steelbacks at The 3aaa County Ground this evening has been abandoned without a ball bowled.
ECB umpires Peter Hartley and Neil Bainton carried out an inspection at 6.30pm and deemed that the outfield had taken too much water and conditions were unsafe for play.
Supporters who have purchased a matchday ticket for tonight’s fixture can use their ticket to gain free entry at any other match during the 2014 season, with the exception of the all ticket matches; versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday 6th June, versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield on Sunday 13th July and the three day tourist fixture versus India.
Alternatively a refund may be claimed by applying in writing to the ticket office enclosing your matchday ticket along with your name and address.
Derbyshire Falcons are back in NatWest T20 Blast action at The 3aaa County Ground next Friday (6 June), in the first of those all ticket fixtures as Wayne Madsen’s men welcome neighbours Nottinghamshire Outlaws for the highly-anticipated local derby.
India have named their squad to tour England this summer, including the Test warm-up match against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Tuesday 1 July.
Derbyshire Members and supporters will see some of the biggest names in world cricket when the touring India side arriving in Derby. MS Dhoni will captain an India side featuring big-hitting superstar Virat Kohli, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Test veteran Gautam Gambhir.
Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are also incredibly talented batsmen while Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are high-class spin bowlers. The 18-man squad also includes six quick bowlers including Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Rajasthan's fast bowler Pankaj Singh.
The touring India side will compete in a three-day fixture against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground between Tuesday 1 July and Thursday 3 July.
Tickets are now on sale and supporters who buy tickets in advance will save £4 on each matchday ticket purchased. To buy tickets please call 0871 350 1870 or click here>>
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