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Fans to vote for their favourite Twenty20 XI

DerbyToday marks the 10th anniversary of the first ever Twenty20 matches - and to celebrate the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are asking fans to vote for the Best XI of players to have played in the domestic competition, now known as the Friends Life t20.

We will be asking supporters to vote on the Club's official Twitter account for their favourite Derbyshire Twenty20 XI, starting on Monday 17th June when we ask fans to vote for their favourite Derbyshire batsman from the last 10 years.

The ECB revolutionised world cricket with the introduction of the Twenty20 Cup on 13th June 2003. The inaugural tie saw Hampshire host Sussex at the Ageas Bowl, with four further matches around the country on the opening day. To mark this milestone, the ECB has also launched a new video of some of its most explosive, exciting and memorable highlights to get the conversation started.

Headline grabbing moments such as Graham Napier’s stunning 152 not out in 2008, Scott Styris’ world-record 38 runs from a single over on the way to a 37-ball century, and Middlesex’s last-ball win in the 2008 final have provided some of cricket’s most unexpected and unforgettable memories of the last 10 years.

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Madsen and Chanderpaul remain defiant on rain-affected day

WayneMadsenA fine 145-run partnership between Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul has put Derbyshire into a strong position after a rain-affected opening day against Nottinghamshire.

Madsen and Chanderpaul both completed half centuries in the afternoon session, ending the day unbeaten on 67 and 78 respectively, before rain at the start of the evening session forced an early closure to proceedings at Trent Bridge with the visitors on 245-2.

After losing the toss, Derbyshire were asked to bat first under overcast conditions – but the opening pair of Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes made an excellent start, putting on 89 runs for the opening wicket.

Hughes played fluently throughout his 83-ball innings - hitting nine fours - to complete a brisk half century before falling shortly before the lunch interval for a well-made 59.

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Derbyshire squad all set for Trent Bridge return

TrentBridgeDerbyshire return to the four-day format this week, as Wayne Madsen’s side make the short trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship; beginning tomorrow at 11am.

Karl Krikken’s men will visit the Test venue in a Championship fixture for the first time since a Simon Katich led side claimed a draw in a rain-effected contest back in 2007.

The two sides met earlier this year when a Stuart Broad inspired Nottinghamshire claimed a nine-wicket win at the County Ground in April - despite an unbeaten 87 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Derbyshire will be hoping to claim their first win of the campaign against their cross-Trent rivals – and the will go into the fixture full of confidence after securing an impressive 63-run victory over Essex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 on Sunday.

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Alex Hughes hails great team performance

AlexHughesAlex Hughes was delighted with his match-winning contribution against Essex at Leek on Sunday and believes the win can be a platform as they push for a semi-final berth.  

The 21-year-old produced an excellent all-round performance, hitting 59 from 36 balls and taking three wickets as Derbyshire won by 63 runs in the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B clash.

Hughes was pleased with his personal performance, but insists that it was a great team display that allowed the Falcons secure their second win of this year’s competition.

“It was a good win by the lads and everyone played their part,” Hughes said. “We were up against a strong Essex side but we all did our jobs and I think our performance deserved the win.

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Tickets on sale for 2013 Friends Life t20

DerbyThe England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Friends Life t20 competition, including five matches at the County Ground and Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, starting on Tuesday, July 2nd against Lancashire at Derby.

To mark the launch, Friends Life t20 stars from each county have taken on a unique challenge for an entertaining new video released today. Illustrating the fast-paced, unpredictable and fun nature of the tournament, the players are shown being tasked with the ultimate test of their power and accuracy – a Clay Pigeon shoot with a cricketing twist.

Filmed at The Kia Oval and Edgbaston, 18 players including Derbyshire’s very own Peter Burgoyne attempt to knock a flying clay out of the sky, first with ball in hand and then with bat. After a succession of near and not so near misses, Glamorgan’s Chris Cooke sends the group into raptures with not one, but two incredible efforts.

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Record-breaking Derbyshire stun Essex at Leek

Hughes&ChanderpaulA fine all-round performance from Alex Hughes – including an unbeaten 102-run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul – sealed an impressive 63-run victory for Derbyshire against Essex at Highfield, Leek.

Opener Wes Durston set the tone hitting 71 from 46 balls, before Chanderpaul hit an innings-high unbeaten 85 from 69 balls – including the century stand with Hughes who ended 59 not out – to help Derbyshire post their highest ever League List A score of 321.

The Falcons claimed wickets at regular intervals during the visitors reply - with Mark Footitt and Alex Hughes picking up three each, while Mark Turner and Tim Groenewald claimed two apiece, as Derbyshire bowled Essex out for 258, claiming a 63-run Yorkshire Bank 40 victory.

Despite losing the toss, Derbyshire made an excellent start courtesy of Chesney Hughes. The powerful opener hit the first three balls of the match for four, however, his short vigil was over shortly after as he was trapped lbw by David Masters for 17 from 11 balls.

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Derbyshire v Essex fixture at Leek gains college backing

LeekBuxton and Leek College is reinforcing its support of the Leek community by supporting County Cricket’s return to Leek.

Anticipation is building for the Sunday 9th June showdown between Derbyshire Falcons and Essex Eagles with a 1.45pm start.

The Yorkshire Bank 40 one-day fixture at Leek Cricket Club is expected to feature star attractions such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara.

It is the first fixture at Leek since 2011 and the result of a partnership between Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Buxton and Leek College of Further Education and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

The college provides a range of courses to students from Leek and the surrounding area including A Levels, BTECs, and Access courses.

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Squad named to face Essex at Leek

DerbyshireFalconsDerbyshire Falcons have named a 15-man squad for their Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Essex Eagles at Highfield, Leek, on Sunday; 1.45pm start.

Tim Groenewald and Jonathan Clare both return to Karl Krikken’s one-day squad after recovering from injury and could be in line to make their returns at Leek tomorrow.

The Falcons side will include world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, as Wayne Madsen’s men aim to claim their second victory in this year’s competition against an in-form Essex side.

Former England intentionals Owais Shah and James Foster, New Zealand Test opener Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier are all expected to feature for the Eagles at Derbyshire’s Staffordshire Moorlands out-ground.

Derbyshire’s squad in full is as follows: Chesney Hughes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen, Paul Borrington, Billy Godleman, Jonathan Clare, Alex Hughes, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne, David Wainwright, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Mark Turner and Tom Knight.

Supporters who buy tickets in advance will benefit from discounted prices of £12 adults, £4 juniors and £4 car parking; available online here.

A further £2 discount is available per adult ticket for a group containing four or more adults and – new for 2013 – the Six Pack Ticket allows entry to six matches for just £55.

Junior Membership is priced at £10 – therefore; a parent and child can attend six matches this season for a total of just £65.

Tickets are also available on the gate priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors and £5 car parking.

Postcode for Leek Cricket Club is: ST13 8SG

Yorkshire Bank 40 cricket at Leek Cricket Club in association with Buxton and Leek College of Further Education and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Durham MCCU fightback in vain as Derbyshire claim victory

DerbyDurham MCCU produced an impressive batting display on the final day – but it was ultimately in vain as Derbyshire dismissed the visitors with 10 overs remaining to seal a 65-run victory at the County Ground.

Rishabh Shah, Chaitanya Bishnoi and Chris Purshouse all completed half-centuries, as the visitors moved towards their 432 victory target on day three.

But Durham MCCU lost wickets at crucial times throughout the day and three wickets from Wes Durston and two from Alex Hughes ensured the visitors fell 65 runs short, as Derbyshire claimed victory in an entertaining three-day fixture.  

Durham MCCU began the final day on 28-1, after Alasdair Evans claimed the late wicket of Chris Jones with his third delivery of the innings the evening before.

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