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FREE tickets in advance for England v Pakistan Under-19 ODI

DerbyThe County Ground will host the England Under-19 versus Pakistan Under-19 One Day International on Friday, 16th August (2pm start) and thanks to match sponsors PAK Foods - a leading ethnic food store serving inner-city communities in Derby and across the East Midlands - supporters who register for tickets in advance can attend for FREE!

Over 2,500 tickets have already been claimed for the eagerly-anticipated international fixture at Derby, in which the two nations compete in the penultimate game of the International Tri Series - contested between England, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The game, therefore, could be key in deciding which two teams compete in the final at Trent Bridge on Monday, 19th August.

England’s youth set-up down the years has produced some of the country’s finest players - including current Test stars Steven Finn, Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Captain Alastair Cook - and supporters will get the opportunity to witness the next crop of emerging talent from both England and Pakistan attempting to break into their respective senior sides.

Pakistan Under-19s are coached by former Pakistan Test player Azam Khan, who featured in one Test and six ODIs between 1996 and 1998. His side, and England, are using the Tri-Series tournament as preparation for the 2014 Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, as both nations hope to improve on their eighth and fifth place finishes, respectively, from the 2012 competition.

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Surrey v Derbyshire Falcons: Yorkshire Bank 40 Preview

YorkshireBank40Derbyshire Falcons have named a 15-man squad for their Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Surrey at the Kia Oval on Sunday; 1.45pm start.

Karl Krikken’s men travel to London knowing victory will move them ahead of their Group B counterparts and place the Falcons within two points of Durham who currently top the highly-competitive group.

Alex Hughes – who hit an unbeaten 59 and claimed 3-56 against Essex at Leek – is included in Derbyshire’s first Yorkshire Bank 40 squad since the end of June. Fellow Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Peter Burgoyne, Ben Slater, Tom Poynton, Paul Borrington and Dan Redfern are all part of the matchday squad.  

World number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaulwho is currently the Falcons’ highest Yorkshire Bank 40 run scorer with 182 runs at an average just over 60 – will feature for Wayne Madsen’s side, but all-rounder Jonathan Clare misses out due to injury.

Surrey boast a heavily-experienced line-up featuring internationals Gareth Batty, Vikram Solanki and Jon Lewis, however, the London-based Club will be without Jade Dernbach, Azhar Mahmood and Steven Davies.

No result was possible the first time the two sides met earlier this season at the County Ground due to heavy rain back in May.

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Derbyshire star supports Balls to Cancer in memory of David Smyth

ShivShivnarine Chanderpaul has donated a money-can't-buy prize to support Balls-to-Cancer in memory of the late David Smyth.

Derbyshire CCC has donated an hour’s coaching from world number two Test batsman to the silent auction being run by the staff at Virgin Active to battle testicular cancer in the wake of David's death from the disease earlier this summer.

David, who was a keen and very able cricketer for Derbyshire County League side Stainsby Hall tragically passed away after a short battle with the disease earlier this year. His colleagues at the Virgin Active gym, where he worked as a personal trainer, hope to raise money through the auction as well as other fund raising activities for their chosen charity ‘Balls to Cancer’.

DCCC hopes that the opportunity to take in an hour’s coaching with one of the games all time greats will assist a fantastic cause at this sad time.

Click here for more information on how you can support >>> or visit Virgin Active which is situated next to the County Ground off Pentagon Roundabout in Derby.

Team building day for Cricket Derbyshire Univeristy of Derby Academy

DFRS AcademyDerbyshire’s 13 academy players yesterday took part in a team building day at Nottingham Road Community Fire Station.

Taking part in hose running exercises and various other activities, the young Derbyshire cricketers tested their agility and ability to solve problems as a group, all geared towards  strengthening their bond as a team. They also received timely input from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Dying2Drive workshop ( and received a demonstration of the Road Traffic Extrication techniques that DFRS currently employ.

This was demonstrated to the cricketers by members of the operational fire crew at Nottingham Road Fire Station using our Transformer Vehicle; a vehicle which was developed in close partnership with Toyota Manufacturing UK and the University of Derby.

The day, which was designed and delivered by the Services Youth Workers and fire service instructors, is the first of its kind in Derbyshire with future opportunities under consideration.

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Kids go FREE to cricket this month

DerbyFree kids tickets for the Derbyshire Falcons' Yorkshire Bank 40 matches versus Durham Dynamos and Hampshire Royals with the first ever national promotion during the school holidays.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that all 18 First Class Counties and Scotland will offer free tickets to children attending Yorkshire Bank 40 games during August.

A total of 31 games will be available free of charge - including the two Derbyshire Falcons home fixtures on Thursday 15th August and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August - for any child with a paying adult, as part of a ground-breaking ECB initiative which aims to attract more youngsters to watch live cricket at their local county during the school holidays.

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to young cricket fans this summer as we look to take advantage of the increased interest cricket enjoys during an Ashes summer.

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Derbyshire receives ground development boost

The County GroundDerbyshire County Cricket Club has announced that ground development plans are being reviewed following confirmation of potential ECB grant funding totalling £1.7million.

Original plans were based on a grant of £1 million from the ECB which, following the vote to support change in governance, was successfully secured in June 2013.

The funding is ring-fenced for capital expenditure projects such as improved facilities for players, members, spectators and the media – and potential upgrades to wireless internet and floodlights.  

The potential additional £700,000, funded largely by an improved broadcast deal, is a welcome boost for a club that has to work hard each year to declare a surplus, despite the lowest player budget in Division One and one of the lowest in the first-class game.

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Surrey fixture signals start of Yorkshire Bank 40 triple-header

The OvalDerbyshire Falcons return to white ball action this weekend - with Sunday’s trip to the Kia Oval signalling the start of a Yorkshire Bank 40 triple-header against Surrey, Lancashire Lightning and Durham Dynamos.

After Sunday’s 40-over contest with Surrey (1.45pm start), Karl Krikken’s men make the trip north to Old Trafford to face Lancashire on Tuesday, 13th August (3.40pm start), before returning to the County Ground, Derby, on Thursday, 15th August, to go head-to-head with current Group B leaders Durham.

Wayne Madsen’s side will be looking to start the triple-header on a winning note against Surrey, who currently sit a point above Derbyshire having played two more games. No result was possible the first time the two sides met earlier this season at the County Ground due to heavy rain back in May.

Gareth Batty’s side boast a heavily-experienced line-up featuring internationals Azhar Mahmood, Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Jon Lewis and Jade Dernbach. Victory for Derbyshire will move them above their London counterparts and put them within a win of moving into the top two places in the Group.

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Madsen: Academy players were huge for us

MadsenWayne Madsen praised the contributions from the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates after Derbyshire's maiden LV= County Championship win of the season against Sussex over the weekend.

Karl Krikken’s side romped to a nine-wicket win inside three days at Hove, securing the county’s first victory in the top flight of the County Championship for more than a decade. 

Five Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates - Tom Poynton, Alex Hughes, Matt Higginbottom, Peter Burgoyne and Ben Slater - featured in the win, and Captain Madsen was delighted with their key match-winning contributions. 

“The Academy players were huge for us during the game,” Madsen said. “The guys took crucial wickets and scored runs at crucial times and to have five of the guys who came through the academy system was just fantastic for us.

“We played really well over the three days; the team, coaching staff and everyone were delighted. We are all very proud.

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NatWest becomes ECB’s game-wide Twenty20 title sponsor

NatWestThe England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that NatWest will become the title sponsor of Twenty20 cricket at international, county and recreational level from 2014.

It is a ground-breaking agreement for the governing body, as it is the first time a single format sponsorship of the game has been offered to one organisation.

The four-year deal includes England’s eight international T20 fixtures against Sri Lanka (two matches – 2014 and 2016), India, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. NatWest will continue its support of the women’s game through its title sponsorship of England Women’s home international T20 fixtures. 

NatWest will also become the title sponsor of the county T20 competition with the majority of matches being played on Friday nights from 2014. This was the clear preference from the ever-increasing T20 fan base as reflected in ECB’s market research.

In recreational cricket, NatWest retains the title sponsorship of the extremely successful annual NatWest CricketForce weekend (4th-6th April 2014 being the thirteenth event) – where thousands of cricket clubs hold volunteer events to boost investment in grounds and facilities prior to each season, as well as the NatWest Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) which recognises and rewards the game’s volunteers. NatWest will also become the lead sponsor of the ECB’s National Club T20 competition which runs across 32 recreational league competition culminating with the Finals Day shown live on Sky Sports.

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