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One week to go before club's first Wedding Open Day

This time next week, The County Ground Marquee will be in the midst of hosting its first Wedding Open Day, with months of planning and preparation soon to be realised.

Anticipation for the event has been steadily growing with plenty of interested parties signing up for the free afternoon and in doing so, getting their names in the hat for a £500 discount on a wedding at The County Ground.

As well as being able to view one of the region's most talked about wedding venues in all its splendour under the backdrop of a county cricket match, there are plenty of prestigious and popular wedding partners on display. 

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Needham calls time on professional career

Jake NeedhamDerbyshire County Cricket Club has accepted an approach from Jake Needham to be released from his playing contract. He has, however, taken-on a new role within the Club.

The 25-year-old all-rounder has joined the Media and Marketing department on a part time basis, ending his eight-season stint on the playing staff which began with a debut in 2005.

Needham became the first graduate of the Club’s Academy to sign a professional contract in 2006, going on to make 19 first-class appearances and a further 56 in the limited-overs forms of the game.

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Victory over Essex: Highlights and Photo Gallery

Guptill and BorringtonView the highlights and visit the Photo Gallery from Derbyshire’s historic victory over Essex at the Ford County Ground yesterday.

Wayne Madsen’s men are clear at the top of the LV= County Championship Second Division table after a ten-wicket victory at Chelmsford; their first on the ground for 75 years.

See how the visitors bowled Essex out for 234 in their second innings before racing to 96-0 and winning the match in just 18 overs with Martin Guptill scoring 66 from 52 balls and Paul Borrington 30 from 56.

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Superb Derbyshire stay clear at the top

Derbyshire completed an LV=County Championship win inside three days for the second consecutive match, with a 10 wicket win over promotion hopefuls Essex.

The result represents Derbyshire’s first win at Chelmsford since 1937 and sees Derbyshire extends their lead at the top of the LV=County Championship Division Two table.

Chasing 94 to win, Martin Guptill (66*) and Paul Borrington (30*) made short work of the total, chasing down the target in the 19th over.

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Kids flock to the Falcons

1,000th Junior MemberJunior Membership of Derbyshire County Cricket Club has topped 1,000.

To celebrate, junior members – who can attend all Derbyshire home cricket throughout the season for FREE - can bring their parents, relatives, neighbours and any other guests to the Clydesdale Bank 40 match versus Warwickshire Bears on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June, also for FREE.

Pictured above: Derbyshire’s 999th and 1,000th Junior Members Bruce Glover (left) and Ole Madden right) pictured alongside Club Chairman Chris Grant.

It’s taken just two years to reach the remarkable landmark – and the Club will continue to recruit throughout the summer with more joining every day.

After the decision to make Junior Membership free ahead of the 2010 campaign, the Club was rewarded with the ECB Business of Cricket Award for Best Membership campaign in the promotion’s inaugural summer.

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Derbyshire to host Wedding Open Day

Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s much anticipated Wedding Open Day is now under three weeks away and as the interest in what is sure to be a terrific events increases, so does the number of wedding partners taking part.

The club is delighted that Virgin Active, HeavenV and Marmalade and Tea are three new Wedding Partners to come on board to add to an eclectic mix that will be present; all of whom can be viewed here.

The day itself takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th against a backdrop of Derbyshire Falcons v Warwickshire Bears in The County Ground’s renowned County Ground Marquee.

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Day Three Live Scorecard/Day Two Report and Highlights

Wes Durston (pictured) was the main protagonist with a commanding century as Derbyshire emerged with a 141 run advantage after their first innings on Day Two.

The visitors amassed 323 before reducing Essex to 46-2 at the close of play with both openers dismissed; the hosts still 95 runs behind with eight second wickets remaining.

Owais Shah (26*) and Mark Pettini (17*) will resume on Day Three looking thwart the Derbyshire dominance that has seen the visitors take a commanding position in the game.

Read more: Day Three Live Scorecard/Day Two Report and Highlights

Worcestershire 2nd XI dominate on Day Two

Worcestershire took firm control of the 2nd XI Championship match on Day Two at The County Ground, amassing 505-7 declared in response to Derbyshire's 299; an innings that saw Matt Lineker score 145.

Resuming 77-1, the morning began well for the hosts with Jack Manuel clean bowled by Mark Turner in the second over of the day without adding to his overnight score.

From that moment on however, Derbyshire were made to toil, Worcestershire going on to amass 505-7 declared to build a daunting first innings lead. 

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Day Two Live Scorecard/ Day One Report

Derbyshire enter Day Two at the Ford County Ground having enjoyed much the better of the first day at Chelmsford.

Having lost the toss, the visitors were asked to bowl first before dismissing the hosts for 182 inside 80 overs, with David Wainwright starring with figures of 5-51.

Having reached 37-1 at the close, Derbyshire will begin Day Two 145 runs adrift of Essex' first innings effort, with Martin Guptill (19*) and Wayne Madsen (15*) the not out batsmen.

Read more: Day Two Live Scorecard/ Day One Report

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