Derbyshire Falcons bring to an end their Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket – in Association with Chesterfield Borough Council – with a Friends Life t20 fixture versus Durham Dynamos on Sunday.
Play will commence at 2.30pm and ticket discounts are available by purchasing in advance of the day of the game.
Tickets in advance are priced at £12 adults, £4 juniors and £4 car parking, with further discounts available for groups containing four or more adults. Tickets on the gate are priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors and £5 car parking.
Alex Lees tormented Derbyshire with a mammoth 275 on Day 2 at Queen’s Park – and the home side are already five down in reply.
Andrew Gale and Gary Ballance added half-centuries for the visitors who declared their first innings on 617-5 midway through the afternoon session.
And Derbyshire were tottering on 94-5 by the close as wickets were shared between the penetrative seam trio of Ryan Sidebottom, Steven Patterson and Jack Brooks.
With Yorkshire starting the day 367-2, Derbyshire were in desperate need of a cluster of early wickets if they were to stay in the match.
A record-breaking partnership between Phil Jaques and Alex Lees put Yorkshire firmly in the box seat on Day 1 at Chesterfield.
The duo piled on 311 runs for the second wicket as the visitors closed on 367-2 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Mark Footitt grabbed the early wicket of Adam Lyth for ten, with a rising delivery that took the edge and flew through to wicketkeeper Tom Poynton.
But it proved to be a solitary success as Alex Lees and Phil Jaques added 129 in 23 overs to take lunch at 151-1, despite a tidy contribution of 6-2-13-0 from Derbyshire LV= County Championship debutant Peter Burgoyne.
The four day cricket match between Derbyshire and Yorkshire – at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield this week - will be attended by 500 local school children.
The juniors will form a guard of honour as the players enter the field, receive a talk regarding the values and history of the game, play Kwik Cricket on the field during the interval and gain autograph opportunities with players.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant - Chesterfield Borough Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism - hopes attending the match will inspire the youngsters, from 19 different schools spread over three days, to take up sport.
Serjeant, said: “As a parent and a teacher, I am pleased that school children in the borough will be given the opportunity to watch and take part in the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
Local boy Ben Slater is set to play for Derbyshire – on his home patch – as Derbyshire face Yorkshire at Chesterfield starting tomorrow (Wednesday), 11am.
The 21-year-old, who has played club cricket at Queen’s Park since Kwik Cricket at the age of seven, comes into the squad alongside Peter Burgoyne after the pair both topped 150 against Northamptonshire last week.
“I am really excited about the prospect,” Slater said.
“Playing at your home ground and scoring a few runs is what dreams are made of. Hopefully I can get that opportunity this week.
Legends of both the Derbyshire and international game – led by Glenn McGrath – entertained a healthy crowd at Queen’s Park this evening for the Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20.
With Autoworld Suzuki kindly sponsoring the match - BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI versus Old Speckled Hen Cricket Derbyshire XI - players, supporters, sponsors and staff all donned pink themed clothing; to increase breast cancer awareness in young women, to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation’s excellent work in Australia.
A percentage of revenue from the event will also go to the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation; a new charity established to deliver cricket based sport, education and health projects to benefit the people of Derbyshire.
In the cricket, the BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI scored 165 from their 20 overs.
Warwickshire’s Darren Maddy and Derbyshire’s Albie Morkel each turned in explosive performances at the weekend.
Maddy’s scintillating 84 off 42 balls versus Worcestershire on Friday night was followed by Morkel’s 30 ball half-century and four-wicket haul against Yorkshire on Sunday.
Both will represent the Old Speckled Hen Cricket Derbyshire XI against Glenn McGrath’s Buy Mobiles.net XI for the match at Queen’s Park, for which entry is available on the gate priced at £20 Adults, £15 Derbyshire Members, £5 Juniors and £5 Car Parking.
Entry for Members is £15 – a £5 saving on general admission - at Queen’s Park on Monday in the Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20, with a 6pm start.
Kim Barnett will lead an Old Speckled Hen Cricket Derbyshire XI featuring the likes of Devon Malcolm, Adrian Rollins, Stephen Stubbings, Albie Morkel and Kevin Dean.
Barnett, whose Derbyshire career brought an astonishing 23,854 first-class runs at an average of 41.12, will face his former team mate Chris Adams, who has been selected for the McGrath Foundation XI alongside the likes of Glenn McGrath, Darren Gough and Jason Gillespie.
Darren Maddy – one of Twenty20 cricket’s great innovative batsmen during his fine career with Leicestershire and Warwickshire - will also guest for the Old Speckled Hen Cricket Derbyshire XI.
Yorkshire clung on for a six run Friends Life t20 victory against Derbyshire at Queen’s Park despite all-round heroics from Albie Morkel.
Morkel took 4 for 25 as Yorkshire were reduced to 142 for 9 from their 20 overs. The South African then bludgeoned 51 not from 31 balls, with three sixes, as the Falcons closed on 136 for 5.
Supporters of both Derbyshire and Yorkshire were united in a big cheer moments before the start of the match as England edged victory in the opening Test of the Ashes series at Trent Bridge.
The home faithful were quickly leading the cheer, however, as Morkel dismissed Joe Sayers for 11, Dan Hodgson for 31, Gary Ballance for 28 and Andrew Hodd for a golden duck to put Derbyshire in the ascendancy at the halfway stage.
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