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Morkel hoping to extend winning run against Lancashire

AlbieMorkelAlbie Morkel is looking forward to making his home debut tomorrow night against Lancashire Lightning; 7.10pm start – and he is confident that the Falcons can continue the momentum after securing back-to-back wins in their opening two fixtures.

Derbyshire currently sit top of the North Division after securing victories away at Yorkshire and Leicestershire in as many days. Karl Krikken’s side now prepare for their first home Friends Life t20 match of the season against the Red Rose County, before the big local derby against Nottinghamshire on Friday, 5th July; 7pm start.

Morkel insists that the Falcons can continue their excellent start to the competition, and believes a quick pitch at Derby will make for an entertaining fixture under the floodlights at the County Ground.

“It’s going well so far and we have got off to a great start,” Morkel said. “It is always good to win your first game to gain a bit of momentum and luckily we went on to win our first two which has put us in a good position.

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Watch all five home Twenty20 fixtures for just £55

sixpackticketSupporters can watch all five home Friends Life t20 fixtures, plus an extra game, for just £55 with the Cub’s new Six Pack Ticket - which gains entry to any six games throughout the current season.

The Falcons have made an excellent start to their 2013 Friends Life t20 campaign, securing back-to-back wins away at Yorkshire and Leicestershire, and currently sit top of the North Division.

Now Wayne Madsen’s side prepare for a home double-header versus Lancashire on Tuesday, 2nd July (7.10pm start) and then against local rivals Nottinghamshire on Friday, 5th July (7pm start), both at the County Ground.

Supporters can enjoy all five home Twenty20 fixture with a Six Pack Ticket which is new for 2013. The ticket allows supporters to choose any six matches, from either the Friends Life t20, Yorkshire Bank 40 or for a day’s play in the LV= County Championship, to attend throughout the year.

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Durston knock guides Falcons to second Twenty20 win

WesDurstonWes Durston top scored with 83 - while David Wainwright claimed three key wickets – as Derbyshire Falcons claimed their second Friends Life t20 win in as many days, this time against Leicestershire Foxes.

Durston, who hit three sixes in his 62-ball vigil, shared a record-breaking second-wicket stand with West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul (38) to help the visitors post 173-3 from their 20 overs at Grace Road.

The Foxes made a quick start in reply, but an inspired stint of bowling from Wainwright, and a tight spell from Dan Redfern, handed Karl Krikken’s side a well-deserved 24-run victory.

The Falcons now top the North Division after claiming two wins from their opening two fixtures and take the momentum into Tuesday's (2nd July) opening home Friends Life t20 fixture versus Lancashire at the County Ground; 7.10pm start. 

The Falcons made an excellent start to their innings courtesy of Chesney Hughes. The explosive opener hit four fours and a six to add 34 runs, from just 20 balls, as part of a 48-run opening stand.

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Cricketers have their say on recreational game

DerbyshireU15GirlsWith the eyes of the sporting world firmly focused on the battle for the Ashes this summer, in partnership with the Derbyshire Cricket Board and Derbyshire County Cricket Club, the ECB have launched its first ever national survey of recreational cricket throughout England and Wales.

The survey will give cricketers a unique opportunity to have their say on all aspects of the recreational game, influence its future development and take part in a competition to win 2014 Test tickets.

Devised as part of the ECB’s new strategic plan, Champion Counties, the survey is designed to give ECB a greater understanding of how best to serve the needs of recreational cricketers at all levels.

The findings will support ECB’s wider plans to invest more than £96 million into community cricket over the next four years across all its 39 County Cricket Boards in England and Wales.

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Clare sees Falcons home at Headingley

HeadingleyJonathan Clare's unbeaten 35 at the death saw Derbyshire Falcons home in a thrilling low-scoring Friends Life t20 opener against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley. 

Karl Krikken's side bowled superbly after winning the toss to restrict the hosts to 119-8 from their 20 overs. Mark Footitt (3-22) was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Albie Morkel picked up impressive figures of 2-9 from his three overs with the new ball. 

A brisk 36 from Chesney Hughes gave the Falcons a good start in reply, but six wickets fell in quick succession during the middle overs to put the Vikings on top as the run rate moved above nine an over.

But a superb rear-guard innings from Clare, ably assisted by Tim Groenewald, guided the visitors to their victory target, as together they hit 18 off the last 9 balls to hand Derbyshire the win with just three deliveries to spare.  

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Derbyshire name squad for Friends Life t20 opener

FLt20SquadDerbyshire Falcons have named a 15-man squad for their Friends Life t20 opener against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley tomorrow (Friday, 28th June); 5.40pm start.

South Africa international Albie Morkel, who recently returned from his sixth season with Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings, is set to make his competitive debut for the Club against Andrew Gale’s Yorkshire side, who will have England’s Jonny Bairstow and former Derbyshire batsman Gary Ballance amongst their ranks.

World number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has also be named in Karl Krikken’s squad, but all-rounder Alex Hughes is unavailable due to injury.

Derbyshire hit their highest-ever team total against the Vikings back in 2010, when 94 from Loots Bosman and 65 from Chesney Hughes helped the Falcons post 222-5 from their 20 overs, as the Falcons claimed a 65-run victory at Headingley.

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Derbyshire appoints Chaplain

ChaplainRevd Tim Wright of Boulton St Mary's Church, Alvaston, has been appointed as Cricket Derbyshire Chaplain.

Revd Wright will offer pastoral and spiritual support to everyone connected professionally with the Club - including players, coaches, staff and officials regardless of their faith.

He will play a major role in player and employment welfare; mentoring players and staff to cope with life at a professional sports Club and helping individuals through difficult circumstances that arise in either their personal or professional life.

There are over 220 Sport Chaplains in the UK, providing care for a large number of high-profile professional sports clubs including Premier League football clubs and others in county cricket.

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Former Supporters Club Chairman Colin Gardner passes away

Supporters ClubDerbyshire County Cricket Club is sad to announce the death of Colin Gardner, a former member of the General Committee and long-serving Chairman of the Derbyshire County Cricket Supporters Club.
 
Administration Director David Griffin commented: "I knew Colin throughout his association with the Supporters Club and his role in running their Book Shop ensured that regular funds were made available to the Club for essential purchases. 

"Everyone at the Club would like to express their condolences to Colin's family and friends at this sad time."
 

Twenty20 practice match - Chesterfield Invitational XI v Derbyshire Falcons

HillDickinsonDerbyshire’s Friends Life t20 preparations continue when they face a Chesterfield Invitational XI at Queen’s Park tomorrow; Wednesday, 26th June; 6pm start.

Supporters will get the first opportunity to see new signing Albie Morkel in action as Karl Krikken’s men go head-to-head with a Kevin Dean led invitational side featuring plenty of first-class experience.

The Chesterfield Invitational XI will include an array of overseas players from around the local league circuit.

The likes of James Smith (Matlock), Kyle Heyns (Eckington) and Nick Gill (South Wingfield) all play locally in the north of the county. Other prominent players are Cameron Bancroft (Denby), Martin Walters (Lullington Park) Peter Drysdale (Spondon) and Dan Wheeldon (Sandiacre) alongside former Derbyshire batsman Matt Lineker.

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