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.
The Derbyshire Falcons slipped to defeat by eight wickets against the Durham Dynamos with former South Africa international Herschelle Gibbs blasting an unbeaten 83 for the hosts.
Having won the toss and elected to bat first, the Falcons managed 131 from their 20 overs, a target the Dynamos reached in the 18th over for the loss of two wickets.
Roads in the immediate vicinity of the County Ground are unaffected by road closures, but please leave early to avoid the knock-on effect of closures on the A52 Ashbourne Road and the A6.
The gates of the County Ground, plus the bars and car parks, will be open from 5pm.
Supporters are welcome to park at the County Ground before making their way into the City to view the torch.
The Derbyshire Falcons v Leicestershire Foxes showdown on Friday 29 June has been put back for a 7.30pm start as the Falcons work in conjunction with the City Council to support the City's Olympic Torch celebrations.
The new start time - 30 minutes later than originally planned - will allow as many Falcons’ fans as possible to cheer the Torch on as it arrives in the City Centre, then catch the Friends Life t20 action at The County Ground.
Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “I'm delighted that we were able to secure the agreement of ECB and Leicestershire to support us in the initiative.
“As a key sporting venue within the City, we are proud to play our part in Olympic Torch celebrations on what promises to be an evening of great festivity at the County Ground and across the City.
The day saw around 300 school children from across the region including Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.
The Opening Ceremony was well received at 10:30am in the Sports Hall in the Gateway Centre with competitions taking place in a variety of locations across the County Ground before the Closing Ceremony at 3pm.
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