Derbyshire's 2nd XI were due to entertain their Leicestershire counterparts in the 2nd XI Trophy at Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club.
The next scheduled match for the Derbyshire 2nd XI is this coming Tuesday, July 10th, against the same opponents in the 2nd XI Championship at the County Ground, Derby.
The Club has elected to go above and beyond the standard rain calcellation policy by offering each ticket holder for the cancelled Nottinghamshire Outlaws fixture entry for two people at any home fixture during the remainder of the season.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Everybody connected with the Club is bitterly disappointed that we aren’t able to host one of our showpiece matches of the campaign.
“This game was an opportunity to provide an excellent atmosphere and match-day experience to our members and supporters. It would have been great to see the kind of big crowd at the County Ground that has become traditional for this fixture.
“We’re rewarding all those who have purchased a ticket for the game in advance by allowing them entry for two people to any of our forthcoming home matches during the second half of the season.
Derbyshire’s current attentions may be with this Friday’s showdown against local rivals Nottinghamshire at the County Ground, however the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket is now a little over one week away.
Derbyshire’s visits to Queen’s Park are always eagerly anticipated by all connected with the club, however given the county’s current position at the summit of the LV=County Championship Division Two table, the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket takes on added significance.
If the return of LV=County Championship cricket after a break for the Friends Life t20 campaign isn’t mouth-watering enough, the prospect of doing battle with Yorkshire adds even more spice.
Durston, whose all-round heroics in the victory over Lancashire on Sunday propelled him to the top of the FTI Most Valuable Player Rankings for the whole of county cricket, says only a win will do.
He said: “Playing against Nottinghamshire is always a big occasion, but it’s taken a whole new importance since I joined Derbyshire.
“I don’t think we’ve beaten them in the two years I’ve been at the club so I’m keen to put that right; and it’s a scalp our supporters would particularly value with them being our neighbours.”
Preparations will now begin in earnest for one of the highlights of the Derbyshire calendar - the Friday night floodlight Friends Life t20 showdown against local rivals, the Nottinghamshire Outlaws.
The local Derby between the Derbyshire Falcons and the Nottinghamshire Outlaws begins at 7pm this coming Friday and tickets can still be purchased for the advanced price of £13 - a £3 saving - by contacting the Ticket Office on 01332 388101, in person at the Gateway Centre at the County Ground or by simply clicking here.
Karl Krikken’s men warmed up for the fixture with an impressive away victory over Lancashire Lightning; and they can still put a dent in the Outlaws’ Finals Day ambitions with victory at the County Ground
Supporters can save up to £3 per ticket by purchasing in advance of the day of the game for £13 adults, £6 juniors and £4 for a car park pass.
Juniors aged 0-13 on 31st March 2012 can register for FREE membership – and therefore enter all home cricket for free – in advance of the game.
The Falcons’ all-rounder followed a mean bowling spell of 2 for 16 with a scintillating half-century as Karl Krikken’s men eased to a three-wicket win in 19.5 overs.
Durston got the Falcons off to a flyer after winning the toss and electing to field as Tom Poynton whipped off the bails to dismiss Stephen Moore for nought, three balls in and with just a single on the board.
And although Lancashire regrouped with a stand of 54 in 8.3 overs between Steven Croft and Tom Smith, Rana Naved pegged them back again by deceiving and clean bowling Smith with a slower ball; 55-2 after nine overs.
Derbyshire suffered final ball heartbreak at the hands of their former all-rounder as Leicestershire won by four overs in Derby tonight.
Wayne White edged to the third man boundary to snatch victory for the Foxes despite impressive earlier performances from Wes Durston, Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen and Garry Park with the bat; and an exemplary spell of fast bowling from overseas player Rana Naved.
Usman Khawaja was first to go after Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat on a pleasant but blustery evening at the County Ground in a match that started half an hour later than usual due to the Olympic Torch celebrations.
The Australia international top-edged Nathan Buck and was caught by Ned Eckersley for 12; Derbyshire 17-1 after 2.4 overs.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has teamed up with Yorkshire County Cricket Club to offer discounted tickets to Derbyshire members for the Falcons’ FLt20 match at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday, July 8th.
Tickets for the match are priced at £13 – normal price £15 – and can be purchased from the County Ground or by calling the Ticket Office on 01332 388101.
The tickets have the wording ‘Derbyshire CCC Members’ on it and providing members quote their name or membership number they will be eligible for unlimited tickets.
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