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Chanderpaul and Durston return to face Middlesex

ChanderpaulShivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston are in Derbyshire’s 13-man squad for the LV= County Championship clash against Middlesex at the County Ground; beginning on Tuesday, 20th August (11am start).

World number two Test batsman Chanderpaul and all-rounder Durston return after missing the Falcons’ mid-week Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over Durham due to injury. The pair is joined in Karl Krikken’s matchday squad by paceman Tony Palladino who is set to feature in his first four-day fixture since mid-June.  

Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Ben Slater, Peter Burgoyne, Alex Hughes and Matt Higginbottom, meanwhile, are all included in the squad to face Middlesex after playing leading roles in the recent victory over Sussex.

Dan Redfern, however, has been ruled out with a long-term injury and is set to miss the remainder of the season.

Middlesex will be without former Derbyshire Captain Chris Rogers due to his participation in the 5th Investec Ashes Test at the Kia Oval. But Steven Finn, who is in England's 14-man squad, will be available to play at Derby on Day Two, Three and Four if released.

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Derbyshire v Middlesex: LV= County Championship Preview

RichardJohnsonRichard Johnson says Derbyshire can build on recent victories against Durham and Sussex when they welcome Middlesex to the County Ground on Tuesday, 20th August (11am start).

Johnson played a leading role in the Falcons’ Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over Durham Dynamos on Thursday, striking 58 as part of a 103-run partnership with Captain Wayne Madsen (37).

The wicketkeeper-batsman now believes Karl Krikken’s side can take the positives from the 40-over victory against Durham and nine-wicket LV= County Championship win over Sussex into this week’s crucial four-day fixture with Middlesex.

Speaking after the Durham fixture, Johnson said: “The boys did really well. It’s an exceptional win and the lads are full of confidence. Hopefully we can take this momentum into the four-day game against Middlesex on Tuesday.

“I am really pleased with my performance against Durham - but I am just happy to be playing. I’m happy to be out there with the boys and to contribute. We were excellent in the field, we remained vocal, we stayed upbeat and the bowlers did the job with the ball.

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Kids go FREE to Hampshire fixture this Bank Holiday Monday

TheCountyGroundKids can enjoy Derbyshire Falcons' Yorkshire Bank 40 clash against reigning champions Hampshire Royals for FREE this Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August (1.45pm start). 

The England and Wales Cricket Board launched their first ever national promotion to allow school children to attend one-day fixtures at all 18 First Class Counties free of charge throughout August.

Karl Krikken’s men, featuring world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, will go head-to-head with a Royals side likely to include internationals Dimi Mascarenhas, Neil Mckenzie, Michael Carberry and Danny Briggs. 

Youngsters will gain free entry, if accompanied by a paying adult, to Derbyshire's 40-over fixture versus Hampshire - and Family Fun entertainment will be available. And Captain Wayne Madsen is calling for a performance to inspire youngsters.

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Pakistan claim thrilling win at the County Ground, Derby

DerbyPakistan claimed a four-run victory against England in a thrilling Under-19s One Day International at the County Ground, Derby.

A 124-run partnership between Imam-ul-Haq (64) and Hasan Raza (71) helped Pakistan recover from 16-3 to close on a competitive 227-8 form their 50 overs. Jack Winslade (3-37) and Will Rhodes (3-45) claimed three wickets apiece, while Matthew Fisher picked up one to help restrict Azam Khan’s side.

England made an excellent start in reply with Jonathan Tattersall (53) and Harry Finch (53) adding 111 runs for the opening wicket. Ryan Higgins top scored with 54, before Captain Ben Duckett chipped in with a quick-fire 22 to leave England needing 12 runs from as many balls for win.

But two wickets in the penultimate over from the tournament’s leading wicket taker Zafar Gohar (3-24) help Pakistan seal a dramatic victory by four runs.

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England Under-19s and Pakistan Under-19s will meet again in the International Tri-Series Final on Monday, 19th August at Trent Bridge, Nottingham (10.45am start).

Falcons seal convincing win over Durham

MadsenBy Josh Murray

Derbyshire Falcons produced a dominant performance in the field to seal a convincing 107-run victory against Durham Dynamos at the County Ground.

Richard Johnson (58) and Captain Wayne Madsen (37) shared an impressive 103-run stand to help Derbyshire recover from 36-3 to close on 217-8.

In reply, Durham lost regular wickets thanks to the spin trio of Madsen (3-27), David Wainwright (4-11) and Tom Knight (3-36) to dismiss the visitors for just 110 in the 29th over, sealing a comfortable victory for Karl Krikken’s side.

The hosts lost the toss and were put in to bat by Durham captain Mark Stoneman. Chesney Hughes seized the initiative immediately, working the ball around well to add 24 off 26 balls, before the hosts lost three quick wickets to leave them in trouble on 36-3 in the eighth over.

It was at this stage that Madsen was joined at the crease by Johnson and the two enjoyed a century partnership under the setting sun at Derby.

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PAK Foods to sponsor England v Pakistan Under-19 One Day International

DerbyPAK Foods - a leading ethnic food store serving inner-city communities in Derby and across the East Midlands - are the official matchday sponsors of tomorrow’s Under-19 One Day International between England and Pakistan (2pm start).

PAK Foods stands for fresh products at fair prices, who continually improve and develop their product ranges, and work hard to give customers an ever pleasant shopping experience.

The Derby-based store, located on Normanton Road, offers ethnic foods from around the world, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Eastern European countries. They specialise in Asian Food, Herbs, Spices, Groceries, Rice, Chappatti (Atta) Flour, Halal Meat and catering supplies.

Tomorrow’s Under-19 One Day International is the penultimate fixture of the International Tri-Series– contested between England, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

After the opening six matches of the competition, Pakistan - coached by Azam Khan, who featured in one Test and six ODIs between 1996 and 1998 - are top of the table after securing victories over both England and Bangladesh. 

Pakistan’s Sami Aslam  is the tournament's leading run scorer with 241 at an impressive average of 80.33, while fellow countryman Zafar Gohar is currently the leading wicket taker with eight at an average of 14.12.

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Derbyshire Falcons v Durham Dynamos: Yorkshire Bank 40 Preview

YorkshireBank40Derbyshire Falcons resume their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign against Durham Dynamos at the County Ground tomorrow (4.40pm start) – and kids go FREE!

School children will gain FREE entry, if accompanied by a paying adult, to the Falcons’ eagerly-anticipated floodlit 40-over fixture versus Durham – and Family fun entertainment will be available throughout the fixture.

After back-to-back defeats, Karl Krikken’s men will be looking to get their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign back on track against Durham as white ball action returns to Derby.

Derbyshire are boosted by the return of paceman Tony Palladino who features in his first one-day squad of the season, while Billy Godleman also returns to the 40-over side.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston, however, miss out with minor injuries and the pair will target next week’s LV= County Championship fixture with Middlesex for their returns.

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Cricket Derbyshire launches Sports Leadership Apprenticeship Scheme

DerbyCricket Derbyshire are launching a new Sports Leadership Apprenticeship Scheme for 16 to 18 year olds.

The scheme will offer a unique opportunity for young people who want to pursue a career in sport to become the community sport activity coaches and leaders of the future.

As well as completing an apprenticeship with Cricket Derbyshire, there will be an opportunity for successful candidates to gain additional qualifications in coaching cricket and supporting school sport.

Director of Partnerships Ryan Duckett said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to work in a professional sport environment and gain industry-recognised qualifications.

“We will be working with the Mitre Group - one of the UK's leading apprenticeship skills development organisations - as we encourage more people from Derby City and across the County to get involved in cricket as players, coaches or volunteers.”

Jennie Bowmer from Mitre Group added: “We are looking forward to working with Cricket Derbyshire on this exciting new apprenticeship programme. The additional qualifications and the vocational experience gained will give an invaluable insight into the community programmes run by Cricket Derbyshire.

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Bell & Co to sponsor Durham floodlit fixture

DerbyLeading Derbyshire-based commercial insurance brokers and risk managers Bell & Co are the official match sponsors for tomorrow’s floodlit Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Durham Dynamos at the County Ground (4.40pm start).

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.

Durham will travel down to Derby with a side stacked with international quality as England stars Paul Collingwood, Graham Onions and the hard-hitting Ben Stokes.

Bell & Co are Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s insurance broker and have been a leading name in the local business community for over 30 years. Their sponsorship of the Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Surrey under the glare of the Sky Sports cameras is sure to increase the profile of an already prominent Derby institution.

Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We are absolutely delighted to have this fixture against Durham sponsored by our partners Bell & Co.

“The cricket club is currently utilising their vast and extensive expertise for our own, fairly complex insurance needs and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.”

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