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Special Ticket offer in association with PAK Foods

PAKFoodsIndia v Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy tickets are up for grabs at Normanton Road tomorrow (Friday) as Cricket Derbyshire and PAK Foods launch a special Twenty20 tickets offer.

All those that come to PAK Foods on Friday and purchase special offer tickets for Derbyshire’s Friends Life t20 opener versus Lancashire Lightning on Tuesday 2nd July will be entered into the draw for two pairs of India v Pakistan tickets.

The promotion will be launched outside PAK Foods from 10.30am to 4pm on Friday 31st May and Friday 7th June.

The sold out ICC Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston takes place on Saturday 15th June.

Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with PAK Foods on this valuable initiative.

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Squad named for Surrey four-day fixture

SquadAlex Hughes could be in line to make his first class debut tomorrow, as the all-rounder has been named in Derbyshire’s 13-man squad for their LV= County Championship fixture against Surrey at the County Ground. 

The 21-year-old Academy graduate has featured in Derbyshire’s recent Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Scotland, Durham and Surrey, and he is now set to make his first class debut against Gareth Batty’s side this week.

Batsman Ben Slater, who hit an unbeaten 112 for the Second XI this week against Yorkshire, has also been drafted into the matchday squad for the four-day match. 

Surrey’s side will include Australia legend Ricky Ponting who will make his first appearence for the London-based Club at the County Ground.

Supporters should note that Day 1 only of the LV=CC match begins at 12 noon. Days 2, 3 and 4 will all start at 11am.

Derbyshire’s 13-man squad in full is as follows: Billy Godleman, Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Ben Slater, Alex Hughes, Richard Johnson, David Wainwright, Peter Burgoyne, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt and Mark Turner.

Surrey fixture abandoned after persistent rain

DerbyOnly nine overs were possible as persistent rain forced an early abandonment to Derbyshire’s Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Surrey at the County Ground.

Surrey reached 100-1 in the reduced overs tie, with Peter Burgoyne claiming the only wicket, before the rain returned as no result was possible.

After a lengthy rain delay, play finally got underway at 7.45pm in a 19 over a side contest, after Derbyshire had won the toss and elected to bowl first under the floodlights at the County Ground.

The visitors got off to a blistering start in the reduced overs match, as Roy (42*) and Davies (50) moved the scores onto 32 without loss.

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ECB chief praises Derbyshire

CollierDerbyshire County Cricket Club has received a glowing endorsement of its on and off field strategies from ECB Chief Executive David Collier.

During a recent media briefing, Collier praised Derbyshire for their vision and direction in releasing strategic plans both for business sustainability and for cricket.

He said:  “Counties have really thought about their role and thought about what they can do to take themselves forward. There is no better example than Derbyshire, who are totally revitalised on and off the pitch.”

Promotion as champions to the First Division of the LV= County Championship in 2012 was achieved on the back of a nine-point cricket strategy which included a remit to back home grown cricketers.

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Slater century secures Second XI victory at Yorkshire

SlaterBen Slater's superb unbeaten century helped secure a convincing six-wicket win for the Second XI in their one-day Trophy fixture with Yorkshire.

Dan Redfern claimed four wickets, including a hat-trick, to help dismiss the hosts for 202 inside 39 overs, and 51 from Tom Poynton and a magnificent 112 not out from Slater guided Stephen Stubbings’ side to victory at Stamford Bridge, York.

Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bowl first and the hosts got off to a solid start as Alex Lees (54) and Callis (19) together added 82 runs for the first wicket, before both fell in quick succession to Peter Burgoyne and Tom Knight (1-14).

Quick wickets continued to fall throughout the middle overs as both Burgoyne (2-31) and Matt Higginbottom (2-48) both finished with two apiece as the hosts were reduced to 149-5 in the 29th over.

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Ricky Ponting set for County Ground action

PontingAustralia legend and Ashes winning Captain Ricky Ponting has been named in Surrey’s 14-man squad for tomorrow’s Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture versus Derbyshire at the County Ground; 4.40pm start.

The 38-year-old arrived in England on Tuesday morning after his recent stint competing in the Indian Premier League, and the former Australian captain is now set to make his Surrey debut at Derby on Wednesday evening.

The experienced batsman is a veteran of 375 one-day internationals - in which time he has compiled over 13,000 runs at an average of 42.03 – and is widely recognised as one of Australia’s most successful Captains of all time.

Ponting will spearhead a Surrey line-up that will likely include England internationals Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Gareth Batty, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach.

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Bell & Co to sponsor Surrey Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture

Bell&CoLeading Derbyshire-based commercial insurance brokers and risk managers Bell & Co are the official match sponsors for tomorrow’s hotly-anticipated Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Surrey at the County Ground.

Bell & Co have furthered their association with the Club in recent months and are an Official Partner of the Club as well as a founder member of the 1870 Business Club.

The match will see one of English cricket’s pre-eminent counties travel up to Derby with a side stacked with international quality as current England stars Jade Dernbach and Chris Tremlett will take the field with ex-internationals Vikram Solanki and Gareth Batty.

The Falcons will be attempting to build on their success over the Bank Holiday weekend after Karl Krikken’s men secured their first victory of the campaign against Scotland on Sunday, but rain ended any hopes of Derbyshire securing back-to-back wins against Durham on Monday.

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Surrey next up at the County Ground

Yorkshire Bank 40Derbyshire continue their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign tomorrow, as the Falcons welcome a star-studded Surrey outfit to the County Ground.

Surrey’s side will likely include England internationals Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Gareth Batty, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach for their visit to Derby.

Batty's side currently sit third in Group B after securing two victories, against Hampshire and Scotland, in their opening four fixtures - with both Davies and Solanki hitting centuries in this year's competition. 

Over 450 runs were scored the last time the two teams faced-off in Derbyshire, as the London-based Club claimed a narrow victory in an entertaining encounter back at Queen's Park, Chesterfield in 2008.

Karl Krikken’s men secured their first win of the competition against Scottish Saltires on Sunday before losing a rain-affected fixture against Durham Dynamos the following day.

The Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture, sponsored by Bell & Co, will be screened live on Sky Sports with live images and replay action on the big screen at the ground.

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Rain ends Derbyshire's hopes at Durham

DurhamDespite a fluent innings from Paul Borrington, rain ended any chances of Derbyshire reaching their revised target at the Durham Emirates ICG - as Durham claimed a 43-run Duckworth Lewis victory.

Mark Footitt - who claimed career-best figures of 5-28 yesterday against Scotland – picked up three wickets to restrict the hosts, but an excellent 79 from Paul Collingwood guided Durham to 273-6 from their 40 overs.

Borrington top scored with a career-best 32, but Derbyshire were well behind the required rate when persistent rain forced an early closure.

Wayne Madsen finally won his first toss of the season at the seventh attempt, as the visitors elected to bowl first at Durham Emirates ICG – and the Falcons got the perfect start courtesy of the in-form Mark Footitt.

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