The Cricket Paper, a weekly publication packed with news, reports and features about the sport, will be launched by the same stable that brings readers the highly-regarded Sunday newspapers The Rugby Paper, The Non-League Paper and The Football League Paper and the football fans’ magazine, Late Tackle.
The Cricket Paper, a national newspaper in England and Wales, will be the UK’s only all cricketing newspaper covering cricket matches from around the world, from elite level to local domestic cricket. Chief correspondent will be Peter Hayter, the award-winning writer with The Mail on Sunday.
One of the unique aspects of The Cricket Paper’s 40 page coverage of the cricket scene is its depth - with more than 60 match reports, round-ups from all 25 ECB county leagues and comprehensive results service.
In a reduced match of 29-overs-a-side, Derbyshire won by 33 runs thanks to an unbeaten half-century from captain Garry Park and a mean bowling performance from Chesney Hughes (pictured).
Park’s run-a-ball unbeaten 71 helped the home side to 162-5 from their allotted overs and – buoyed by his CB40 five-for versus the Unicorns two days earlier – Hughes took 3 for 17 from six overs as the Dynamos falterd to 139-7 in reply.
Derbyshire’s comprehensive 129 run victory over the Unicorns on Sunday saw a clinical and professional display with both bat and ball as the Falcons’ moved to the top of the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C table after the first round of matches.
The match capped a stellar performance from Wes Durston; with the 2011 Derbyshire Player of the Year contributing a faultless unbeaten 120 as the visitors amassed 287 from their 40 overs.
It capped a memorable day for the former Unicorns man, who has enjoyed a fairytale two years since catching the eye with a string of top class performances in the CB40 competition and Durston was understandably delighted with the way the day unfolded.
Against a cold but idyllic backdrop, superb knocks from Martin Guptill and Wes Durston helped Derbyshire to a substantial target having been asked to bat first, with the hosts never in the running as Chesney Hughes took career best figures of 5-29.
Earlier, Hughes, making his first appearance of the campaign, looked in good touch early on, flicking a Steven Cheetham delivery effortlessly through midwicket for four.
New for 2012, the Derbyshire Falcons Limited-Overs season Ticket permits the holder entry to all home matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 competitions, plus a host of additional benefits.
Starting with the Bank Holiday Monday 4th June visit of Warwickshire Bears, through the Friends Life t20 campaign and also incorporating two matches during the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket; the Limited Overs Season Ticket is the way to enjoy many of the benefits that membership has to offer at all Derbyshire’s one=day cricket in 2012.
The home side’s bowlers managed just two wickets in the day, thus ensuring a second draw in succession and a point’s hall of ten, which was sufficient to leapfrog Kent at the top of the table.
New Zealand international Kane Williamson scored 128 and Hamish Marshall 90 to dampen Derbyshire’s early enthusiasm.
And, by the time Ian Cockbain scored 63 not out off 152 balls late in the day, the match was already meandering towards stalemate.
Yesterday the ECB and Clydesdale Bank quite literally launched an exciting new competition to give people across the country the chance to be on the “Road to Lord’s”.
The Kia Oval not only hosted the opening game of the 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 competition between Surrey and Somerset, but it also hosted the very first Road To Lord’s competition as thousands of balloons were released into the London sky.
It really is finders’ keepers as each balloon will have a prize winning tag attached to it which - when it finally lands – will give lucky finders the opportunity to be in with a chance of winning a special Clydesdale Bank 40 prize.
Steve Elworthy, Director of Marketing and Communications at the ECB said:
“We are always looking for innovative ways to interact with cricket fans and members of the public and we believe the “Road to Lord’s” competition is exactly that. Not only was it a great spectacle to see thousands of balloons released into the sky in central London, but it also offers fans far and wide the chance to win a great once in a lifetime prize.”
Derbyshire’s Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign gets underway versus the Unicorns at Wormsley tomorrow with a 1.45pm start.
The Falcons’ first home match in the 2012 competition is against Warwickshire Bears on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June at the County Ground, also with a 1.45pm start.
Click here to buy tickets online or call 01332 388 101.
Jonathan Clare, Wes Durston, Tony Palladino and Martin Guptill received their caps prior to the commencement of Day 3 between Derbyshire and Gloucestershire at The County Ground; the result of which could see Derbyshire return to the summit of the LV= County Championship Second Division.
Krikken said: “We award caps to players who have established a permanent position in the first team over a period of time and I would like to congratulate all four individuals on this thoroughly deserved accolade.
The hosts had resumed on 362-9 and the Derbyshire faithful were treated to some lusty blows as the overnight pair of Jon Clare and Tim Groenewald smashed 26 runs off the first two overs to advance the score to 288, before the former was bowled Ian Saxelby for 48; Groenewald finishing unbeaten on nine.
The Gloucestershire response then got off to the worst possible start as opener Benny Howell was caught behind off Palladino for a third ball duck, only for former England Under-19s batsman Chris Dent and New Zealand international Kane Williamson to stubbornly repel the Derbyshire attack.
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