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Battling display but Falcons defeated by the Dynamos

By Jake Needham

The Derbyshire Falcons fell to defeat against the Durham Dynamos by five wickets in the Friends Life t20 at the County Ground on Wednesday.

Derbyshire came into the match unchanged, and when Falcons’ captain Wayne Madsen won the toss on a used wicket under sunny skies, he had no hesitation in batting first.

However the innings got off to a shaky start when May’s FTI Most Valuable Player Wes Durston nicked a catch behind off Liam Plunkett that ricocheted off the Mustard’s gloves before looping into the hands of Gareth Breese at first slip; the Derbyshire opener departing for a duck.

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Defeat for Falcons against Yorkshire Carnegie

By Adam Redfern

Derbyshire Falcons have lost for the first time in this season’s Friends Life t20 campaign with a 41 run defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie at The County Ground, following an outstanding bowling display from Moin Ashraf.

Derbyshire were set a target of 151 to win by their opponents before Ashraf emphatically took four of Derbyshire’s wickets for just 18 runs; bowling the Falcons all out for 109.

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2nd XI fixture v Leicestershire moved to Belper

Derbyshire's scheduled 2nd XI friendly contest against Leicestershire has been switched from Ashby Hastings to Belper.

Garry Park's side host Leicestershire in a three day match, beginning this coming Wednesday, June 20th and the club has confirmed that this match will now take place at the home of Belper Meadows CC.

A report will be available via derbyshireccc.com on all three days of the match.

Attentions switch to home double header

BOOMDerbyshire Falcons’ next Friends Life t20 action is on Monday against Yorkshire Carnegie after no play was possible versus Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge tonight.

As is the nature with the FLt20, the games come thick and fast, and this week at the County Ground is no different as the Falcons take on Yorkshire Carnegie on Monday at 7.10pm followed quickly with a visit from the Durham Dynamos on Wednesday, June the 20th.

The games will be a stern test for the Falcons early in their campaign, as both oppositions are littered with international talent, although Derbyshire enjoyed victories against both sides during the 2011 campaign.

“The two sides are obviously top outfits, but the way we’ve played our cricket this year; we won’t be taking a back ward step from anyone,” Derbyshire all-rounder Wes Durston said.

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Durston receives FTI Most Valuable Player for May

Wes Durston and Chris GrantHaving recently been announced as the winner of the FTI Most Valuable Player Award for the month of May, Derbyshire's Wes Durston was presented with his certificate before the start of the Falcons' opening FLt20 match against Lancashire Lightning on Thursday evening.

Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant was on hand to present the batting all-rounder with his much deserved accolade, with Durston having acquired more points in May than any other cricketer in the country.

Below is the official Press Release from FTI highlighting the reasons behind Durston winning the award.

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Durston looks ahead to County Ground double header

BOOMAs is the nature with the FLt20, the games come thick and fast, and this week at the county ground is no different as the Falcons take on Yorkshire Carnegie on Monday at 7.10pm followed quickly with a visit from the Durham Dynamos on Wednesday, June the 20th.

The games will be a stern test for the Falcons early in their campaign, as both oppositions are littered with international talent, although Derbyshire enjoyed victories against both sides during the 2011 campaign.

“The two sides are obviously top outfits, but the way we’ve played our cricket this year; we won’t be taking a back ward step from anyone,” Derbyshire all-rounder Wes Durston said.

The Falcons beat the White Rose County last year at Headingley, but suffered a reverse when the sides met at the County Ground last July.

Read more: Durston looks ahead to County Ground double header

Wes Durston’s blog

Wes DurstonThe all-rounder talks about the Friends Life t20 competition and Derbyshire’s excellent start to the season in his latest blog for the ECB website.

Durston is currently in the midst of a hectic Twenty20 schedule which continues with back-to-back fixtures at the County Ground next week versus Yorkshire Carnegie and Durham Dynamos.

Carnegie are the visitors on this coming Monday evening with a 7.10 start with the Dynamos showdown scheduled for the following Wednesday at 7pm.

Click here to read Wes Durston’s blog >>>

Falcons triumph in FLt20 opener

By Chris Airey

Derbyshire began their 2012 Friends Life T20 campaign in startling fashion with victory over the Lancashire Lightning at the County Ground by 17 runs on Duckworth Lewis.

As rain fell a keen eye was firmly set on the D/L par-scores, but after some impressive hitting from Wes Durston and Ross Whiteley the Falcons began to get ahead and remained there when play was halted in the 12th over.

This came after an impressive fielding display by the home side in which Tim Groenewald claimed two early wickets to restrict the visitors in a tightly fought T20 opener.

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International duo ready for Friends Life t20 v Lancashire

Rana NavedOverseas duo Rana Naved (pictured) and Usman Khawaja have been named in the Derbyshire Falcons squad for this evening's Friends Life t20 opener versus Lancashire Lightning, 7pm start at the County Ground, Derby.

The international duo have been added to a young and otherwise largely home-grown Derbyshire team currently flying high at the top of the LV= County Championship Second Division.

The 14-man squad in full is as follows: Wayne Madsen (Captain), Usman Khawaja, Wes Durston, Ross Whiteley, Dan Redfern, Chesney Hughes, Garry Park, Rana Naved, Jonathan Clare, David Wainwright, Tom Poynton, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner and Tom Knight.

Rana Naved said: “I’m very excited about playing Friends Life t20.

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