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Clare and Palladino return from injuries

ClareJonathan Clare and Tony Palladino made comebacks from injury in a practice fixture at Alvaston and Boulton yesterday.

All-rounder Clare featured in a competitive match for the first time since Derbyshire’s Friends Life t20 clash with Yorkshire on Sunday, 14th July.

Paceman Palladino, meanwhile, returned from injury that has kept him sidelined since the home four-day match with Somerset in mid-June.  

Both are hoping to prove their fitness ahead of the county’s crucial LV= County Championship fixture with Middlesex at the County Ground starting on Tuesday, 20th August.

Supporters who buy tickets in advance for the LV=CC fixture with Middlesex will benefit from discounted prices of £12 adults, £4 juniors and £4 car parking; available online here or by calling 01332 388 101.

A further £2 discount is available per adult
ticket for a group containing four or more adults. Tickets are also available on the gate priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors and £5 car parking.

Lightning claim victory at Old Trafford

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen and David Wainwright hit career-best scores, but Ashwell Prince helped guide Lancashire Lightning to victory.

An 80-run partnership between Madsen (78) and Wainwright (40) helped the Falcons recover from a slow start to post 190-9 from their allotted overs.

But the hosts made a rapid start in response thanks to Stephen Moore (34), before South Africa international Prince (80 not out) steered Lancashire to a six-wicket win in the 36th over.

After winning the toss, the Falcons lost both openers in quick succession to be reduced to 27-2 in the eighth over.  

Paul Borrington – who hit a career-best 72 against Surrey on Sunday – and Madsen begun the Derbyshire fightback, adding 27 runs in seven overs before Borrington was bowled by Arron Lilley (4-30).

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Stubbings delighted with table-topping Seconds

HigginbottomSecond XI Coach Stephen Stubbings believes a number of his players are close to breaking into the senior side.

The Seconds secured another convincing three-day victory last week - maintaining their spot at the top of the Second XI Championship North table. 

Their latest three-day win came over MCC Young Cricketer's at Belper which concluded last Friday, strengthening their position at the summit of the Championship North table with just one fixture remaining - away at Durham on Tuesday, 20th August (11am start).

Stubbings - who took over as Second XI Coach in May - has been delighted with his side's performances this season.

He has highlighted their grit and determination to grind out results in a number of tight fixtures - exemplified by a well-disciplined display against a strong Warwickshire outfit in July.

“We are on top at the moment which is brilliant for us,” he said. “We haven’t been beaten this season in three-day cricket which is important and every player has played their part. Obviously there has been a bit of rotation with players going up and coming down at any given time, but the boys are playing really well. They are performing their roles well and installing the methods we want to install.

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Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons: Yorkshire Bank 40 Preview

OldTraffordAfter yesterday’s final-ball agony against Surrey, Karl Krikken’s side will be looking to bounce back against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford tomorrow night (3.40pm start).

Derbyshire hit their highest ever List A total against Surrey, with Chesney Hughes (80) and Paul Borrington (72) leading the way with a record-breaking second-wicket stand to help the Falcons post 294-9. But some powerful hitting from Arun Harinath (52), Zander de Bruyn (60) and Gary Wilson (80) helped the hosts claim victory off the final ball of the match. 

Hughes admits it was a disappointing defeat, but believes the side can take plenty of positives into Tuesday’s Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Lancashire.

“It’s unfortunate that we lost there because I thought we played a lot of good cricket, but the long and short of it is that Surrey played very well,” Hughes said.

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Spectator Experience Survey - we want your feedback!

chesterfieldHow do you rate your matchday experience at the County Ground? Derbyshire County Cricket Club are asking supporters to fill in a spectator survey to help us improve your day out at the cricket.

The Club is asking Members and supporters who bought tickets at the gate or in advance at a Friends Life t20 fixture at the County Ground or Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in 2013 to complete a spectator survey.

Tell us how we can improve your matchday experience, enhance our marketing campaign or make it easier for you to buy tickets in advance and on the day.

Supporters who complete the survey will also be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to watch England versus India Test match in 2014.

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Aussie star buys from Derbyshire sponsor

EdCowanDerbyshire Falcons’ Yorkshire Bank 40 shirt sponsor has landed a celebrity customer as a direct result of their branding at the County Ground.

The online outdoor furniture giant has secured a sale to Ed Cowan after the Australia Test batsman took an interest in one of their advertising boards whilst playing for Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship match, at Derby, back in April.

Cowan took down the contact details and has since placed an order to be delivered to Australia. He had been in the market for garden furniture for his house back Down Under for some time. owner Ed Sloane said: “While Ed Cowan was fielding in the match at Derby, he noticed our advertising board.

“Having looked all over Australia for Teak Garden benches, he gave me a call last week. We spoke on the phone for 20 minutes and agreed to ship two of our exclusive Flat Arm Teak Benches to his home in Tasmania.

“We’re delighted that our shirt sponsorship in the Yorkshire Bank 40 format - and the overall commercial package which includes branding at the ground - is already delivering results.

“Obviously we weren’t expecting too many of the visiting players to be buying from us. But Ed has been fantastic and it’s great to have a high profile player like him show an interest in our business.”

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Hughes and Borrington knocks in vain as Surrey seal dramatic win

KiaOvalDerbyshire's highest ever List A total against Surrey proved not enough as Gary Wilson’s brutal 85 helped the hosts claim a dramatic final-ball victory against the Falcons at the Kia Oval.

Tremendous knocks from Chesney Hughes (80) and Paul Borrington - who hit a career-best List A score of 72 - helped Karl Krikken’s side post a record-breaking 295-9 from their 40 overs.

But half-centuries from Zander de Bruyn (60), Arun Harinath (52) and Wilson set-up a tense final over, in which Tim Linley saw Surrey home off the final delivery to conclude a thrilling Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture.

After winning the toss, Derbyshire produced an excellent performance with the bat to hit their highest List A score against the London-based Club - and their 14th highest ever List A total. Wes Durston set the tone with a quick-fire 32 off just 19 balls, striking five fours and a six to help move the visitors onto 48-1 in the seventh over. 

It was, however, the partnership between Chesney Hughes and Borrington that set Derbyshire on their way to an imposing total. The pair completed the highest ever second-wicket stand for Derbyshire versus Surrey, adding 123 runs inside 18 overs to move Wayne Madsen’s side onto 171-1 in the 25th over.

Read more: Hughes and Borrington knocks in vain as Surrey seal dramatic win

FREE tickets in advance for England v Pakistan Under-19 ODI

DerbyThe County Ground will host the England Under-19 versus Pakistan Under-19 One Day International on Friday, 16th August (2pm start) and thanks to match sponsors PAK Foods - a leading ethnic food store serving inner-city communities in Derby and across the East Midlands - supporters who register for tickets in advance can attend for FREE!

Over 2,500 tickets have already been claimed for the eagerly-anticipated international fixture at Derby, in which the two nations compete in the penultimate game of the International Tri Series - contested between England, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The game, therefore, could be key in deciding which two teams compete in the final at Trent Bridge on Monday, 19th August.

England’s youth set-up down the years has produced some of the country’s finest players - including current Test stars Steven Finn, Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Captain Alastair Cook - and supporters will get the opportunity to witness the next crop of emerging talent from both England and Pakistan attempting to break into their respective senior sides.

Pakistan Under-19s are coached by former Pakistan Test player Azam Khan, who featured in one Test and six ODIs between 1996 and 1998. His side, and England, are using the Tri-Series tournament as preparation for the 2014 Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, as both nations hope to improve on their eighth and fifth place finishes, respectively, from the 2012 competition.

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Surrey v Derbyshire Falcons: Yorkshire Bank 40 Preview

YorkshireBank40Derbyshire Falcons have named a 15-man squad for their Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Surrey at the Kia Oval on Sunday; 1.45pm start.

Karl Krikken’s men travel to London knowing victory will move them ahead of their Group B counterparts and place the Falcons within two points of Durham who currently top the highly-competitive group.

Alex Hughes – who hit an unbeaten 59 and claimed 3-56 against Essex at Leek – is included in Derbyshire’s first Yorkshire Bank 40 squad since the end of June. Fellow Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Peter Burgoyne, Ben Slater, Tom Poynton, Paul Borrington and Dan Redfern are all part of the matchday squad.  

World number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaulwho is currently the Falcons’ highest Yorkshire Bank 40 run scorer with 182 runs at an average just over 60 – will feature for Wayne Madsen’s side, but all-rounder Jonathan Clare misses out due to injury.

Surrey boast a heavily-experienced line-up featuring internationals Gareth Batty, Vikram Solanki and Jon Lewis, however, the London-based Club will be without Jade Dernbach, Azhar Mahmood and Steven Davies.

No result was possible the first time the two sides met earlier this season at the County Ground due to heavy rain back in May.

Read more: Surrey v Derbyshire Falcons: Yorkshire Bank 40 Preview

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