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Derbyshire toil in the Queen’s Park sunshine

chesterfieldA 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.

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Councillor calls for cricket to inspire active lifestyles

chesterfieldThe 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.

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Local youngster set for fairy-tale Queen’s Park appearance

benslaterLocal 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.

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Cricket Derbyshire and the McGrath Foundation turn Chesterfield Pink

turningchesterfieldpinkLegends 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 - 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 McGrath Foundation XI scored 165 from their 20 overs.

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Chesterfield Turns Pink – Sponsored by Autoworld Suzuki: Final Team News

chesterfieldpinkThis evening’s Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20 (6pm start) includes two of the form current players in the country as well as a host of Derbyshire and international legends.

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 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.

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Chesterfield Turns Pink!

chessturnspinkEntry 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.

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Yorkshire win despite Morkel fireworks

MorkelYorkshire 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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Derbyshire Falcons v Yorkshire Vikings at Chesterfield

yorkshirematchsponsorTickets are available on the gate - but arrive early to beat congestion and make sure of your place in the ground - as Derbyshire Falcons aim for a Friends Life t20 double over Yorkshire Vikings at Queen's Park, Chesterfield this afternoon (Sunday), 2.30pm start.

The Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket – in association with Chesterfield Borough Council - is commencing with a crunch Twenty20 clash. Gates - and bars - will be open bright and early from midday.

The Falcons, who emerged victorious from a tantalising run chase at Headingley just a fortnight ago, have won three and lost two of their fixtures in the competition to date. Yorkshire have won one game from six and find themselves three points behind the Falcons in the North Division table.

Derbyshire Falcons 14 man squad squad: Wes Durston, Chesney Hughes, Ben Slater, Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen (Captain), Dan Redfern, Albie Morkel, Jonathan Clare, Tom Poynton, Peter Burgoyne, David Wainwright, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner and Tom Knight.

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Lightning strike down the Falcons at Old Trafford

markturnerMark Turner marked his return to the Derbyshire side with career-best Twenty20 figures of 4 for 35 – only for Lancashire to spoil his evening by emerging with a 12 run victory.

Stephen Moore scored 74 from 42 balls as the hosts compiled 165-9 at Old Trafford despite Turner’s heroics at Emirates Old Trafford - and it proved to be more than enough.

Lancashire slipped to 34-3 early-on as Turner took the first of his wickets and Tim Groenewald removed Tom Smith (0) and Simon Katich (10) to claim his first two dismissals on the way to figures of 3 for 32.

Moore, however, took 23 off the 13th over of the innings, bowled by Wainwright. And, although the former Worcestershire man perished to the off-spin of Dan Redfern (2 for 17) in the 14th over - the damage had already been done and Derbyshire were left chasing upwards of eight runs per over.

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