England Test and 50-over Captain Alastair Cook took some time out from his busy Ashes preparation schedule to hold a batting masterclass with young cricketers from Rolleston Cricket Club last week at the County Ground.
Cook, the youngest player in Test history to pass 7,000 runs, led a batting masterclass with 20 youngsters from the East Staffordshire-based club, teaching them to perfect their straight drive technique, as part of Yorkshire Bank’s Giving Bat to You campaign, on Thursday, 4th July.
Even during the intense build-up to this summer’s Ashes series, Cook enjoyed passing on his pearls of wisdom to budding young cricketers during his visit to Derby.
“It’s part and parcel of becoming an England cricketer, but this is one of the big pleasures for me,” he said. “I enjoy coaching youngsters because of how much enthusiasm they have for the game.
Three months since Derbyshire Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new streamlined Supervisory Board – behind the scenes discussions regarding plans to develop the County Ground are intensifying.
The Club’s business plan was praised by the ECB as one of the strongest submitted by any of the 18 First Class Counties as Derbyshire were granted the £1million ground development fund.
Some £300,000 of this funding has already been received and – after reviewing a number of submissions - architects Pick Everard have been appointed, alongside project managers Armsons, to oversee plans for the proposed development.
Both firms are long-established in Derbyshire with experience of working on a variety of schemes including projects in the sport and community sectors.
Local Auto Retailer Autoworld Suzuki has entered into the spirit of the Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 – by donating a pink car.
Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday 15 July as Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and Breast Cancer Care.
And supporters, both at the ground and during the build-up, now have an opportunity to win a brand new Pink Suzuki Alto with raffle tickets to be sold at £5 each both before and during the event.
Mark Footitt claimed career-best figures of 6-53 to dismiss Durham on the opening day of the LV= County Championship fixture at Chester-le-Street.
Footitt enjoyed an exceptional day - setting the tone with two early wickets - before claiming three victims in one over late in the day, to complete a superb six-wicket haul.
Keaton Jennings top scored with 93 for the hosts, while keeper Phil Mustard added 52, but Footitt’s heroics ensured that Derbyshire ended the day the happier of the two sides. The visitors claimed the last six wickets for just 32 runs as Durham slumped from 221-4 to 253 all out.
Derbyshire had eight overs to navigate before the close, but lost Chesney Hughes in the opening over, to end the day on 15-1, still trailing by 238 runs but with nine wickets in hand.
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping to take advantage of the overcast conditions that covered Chester-le-Street throughout the morning session.
The sell-out fixture versus the Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday was the biggest for a home Derbyshire fixture in 23 years.
The Club received unprecedented demand for tickets, announcing an advanced sell-out and recording the biggest attendance since the Sunday League success of 1990.
Three wickets from Samit Patel and an impressive knock from Michael Lumb guided the visitors to a six-wicket win in-front of a crowd just shy of 5,000 spectators at the County Ground.
Derbyshire, however, remain second in the North Division after claiming three wins from their opening four fixtures and are in Twenty20 action again this Sunday when they welcome Yorkshire Vikings to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, with a 2.30pm.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The Club would like to thank all supporters who attended Friday’s sell-out fixture for their support. There was a great atmosphere within the ground and – despite the result that saw our visitors emerge with a well deserved win, and a few technical issues regarding the PA which will be addressed – we hope everybody enjoyed the occasion.
Chesterfield will turn pink on what will be the second day of the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and UK charity Breast Cancer Care.
Glenn McGrath will lead a McGrath Foundation XI featuring former Australian team-mates Damien Martyn, Ian Harvey and Jason Gillespie, against a Cricket Derbyshire XI, including legends Kim Barnett, Devon Malcolm and Adrian Rollins.
All advanced tickets are priced at £15. But, while the price of general admission will rise on the day to £20, members can gain £5 discount by showing their card on the gate.
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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.
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