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The Club is asking Members and supporters who bought tickets at the gate or in advance at a Friends Life t20 fixture at the County Ground or Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in 2013 to complete a spectator survey.
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Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday, 15 July as Australian Test Cricket legend and Co-Founder of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath, spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and UK charity Breast Cancer Care.
Players and supporters alike will don the colour pink in a charity Twenty20 fundraiser, Chesterfield Turns Pink, to increase breast awareness in young women, to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation’s ongoing excellent work in Australia.
Held as part of the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, a percentage of funds raised will also go to the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation, a new charity established to deliver cricket based sport, education and health projects to benefit the people of Derbyshire.
McGrath will join former Australian team-mates Damien Martyn, Ian Harvey and Jason Gillespie – and England legend Darren Gough - in the McGrath Foundation XI.
Wayne Madsen’s side have enjoyed a successful start to their Friends Life t20 campaign over the last week, winning three of their opening four fixtures, and the side will now be hoping to take that momentum into their Championship fixture with Durham.
Derbyshire currently sit bottom of Division One, but a victory this week can move them off the foot of the table. Tom Poynton returns to the four-day squad after impressing while on Second XI duty, but paceman Mark Turner will miss out due to injury.
Durham will be without Captain Paul Collingwood due to injury and seamer Graham Onions who has been included in England’s 13-man Ashes squad for the opening Test at Trent Bridge. In Collingwood’s absence, Mark Stoneman will lead the side.
Wayne Madsen added 36, before a 24-run ninth-wicket stand between Tim Groenewald (14) and David Wainwright (15*) helped Derbyshire post 115 from their allotted overs.
Wainwright (3-21) picked up two wickets in as many balls to give the hosts hope, but a composed innings from Michael Lumb (49 from 40 balls) and 34 from James Taylor moved the Outlaws to their 116 target with just 15 balls to spare.
After losing the toss, Derbyshire struggled with the bat, losing regular wickets, as Nottinghamshire took the early advantage after removing both openers inside three overs.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Madsen began the Falcons’ recovery, adding 36 runs together in six over, but the West Indies international was the third man out for 13 to leave the hosts 45-3 after eight overs.
Derbyshire have named a 14-man squad for their sellout Friends Life t20 fixture against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at the County Ground tonight; 7.00pm start.
The Falcons will be looking to extend their winning run in this season’s competition, after Karl Krikken’s side won their opening three contests over Yorkshire Vikings, Leicestershire Foxes and Lancashire Lightning and currently sit top of the North Division.
Nottinghamshire also enter the fixture unbeaten after winning their first two games against Leicestershire and Lancashire.
Overseas duo Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Albie Morkel are both available for the local derby against the Outlaws, while David Hussey’s side will include a plethora of international stars include Samit Patel, Michael Lumb and Alex Hales.
Derby nightclub and bar Nono8 will be matchday sponsors for the Derbyshire Falcons’ most hotly-anticipated fixture when they take on their fiercest rivals the Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday night at the County Ground; 7pm start.
Nono8 who have been partners of the club in previous years have thrown their support behind what is historically the best attended match on the Derbyshire fixture list. The Bar, situated on the Wardwick in the city centre, will have representatives present at the fixture promoting the bar.
The match will be the second home fixture for the Falcons in the space of four days coming hot on the heels of their seven-wicket win over Lancashire Lightning, as Wayne Madsen’s men aim to win their fourth straight game in the Friends Life t20 and extend their advantage at the top of the North Division.
Shaun Staniford from Nono 8 said: “We at Nono8 Bar are very proud to sponsor such a prestigious sporting fixture and continue our fantastic working relationship with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Following three successive victories for Wayne Madsen’s table-toppers - Derbyshire Falcons’ Friends Life t20 derby versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday has sold out.
Due to unprecedented demand, there will be no tickets sold on the gate and only those with a valid match-day ticket, Six Pack Ticket or Membership card will gain entry to the County Ground.
Members and Six Pack Ticket holders are reminded to arrive early to guarantee their entrance.
A specific number of tickets have been held back to ensure entry for the projected number of Members and Six Pack Ticket holders, but the only way to guarantee entrance is by arriving with plenty of time in hand.
The Club is asking supporters who have already purchased tickets in advance to, wherever possible; collect them from the Gateway Centre between 10am and 2pm in order to avoid congestion at the gate for the big match that starts at 7pm.
The Club are asking supporters who have purchased tickets in advance for Friday’s Friends Life t20 fixture with Nottinghamshire to pick them up from the Gateway Centre prior to the game.
The main reception, situated in the Gateway Centre, will be open until 9.00pm this evening and between 9.00am and 2.00pm tomorrow (Friday, 5th July) for supporters to collect their pre-purchased tickets.
The Club are asking supporters to pick up their tickets in advance to avoid congestion at the gate and to ensure everyone can gain entrance to the ground before the start of play at 7.00pm
Please note, this is only for supporters who have purchased tickets in advance for the fixture. Sales remain suspended at this time. Remaining tickets will still be available for collection on the gate adjacent to the Lund Pavilion, but we strongly advise all supporters to collect prior to the game.
All those attending the fixture are advised to arrive at the ground as early as possible to avoid congestion. Gates will be open at the County Ground half an hour early from 4pm.
Look out for the new one way system which will aid efficient flow of traffic into the ground with ground access via Pentagon Roundabout only. Car Parking, which is available on a first come first served basis, will be paid separately to match tickets upon entry to the ground.
Off site pay and display car parking is available, priced at £3, in the Cattle Market Car Park on Chequers Road, situated off Pentagon Roundabout (first exit if entering from Brian Clough Way).
Captain Wayne Madsen is delighted with the side’s start in the Friends Life t20 competition and he is hoping a capacity crowd can cheer the Falcons onto their fourth straight win, this time against neighbours Nottinghamshire on Friday; 7pm start.
Derbyshire have made a perfect start to their campaign, claiming victories over Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Lancashire to seal top spot in the North Division after three games.
Karl Krikken’s men now welcome the widely-tipped Outlaws to the County Ground, but Madsen is confident that the Falcons can maintain their winning momentum against David Hussey’s side.
“We are over the moon,” Madsen said. “We have won close games which is what you need to do in this competition. We have been in good positions and then been able to get over the line - and to have had different match winners in all of the games has been fantastic.
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