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Rain frustrates Derbyshire in Yorkshire Bank 40 opener

DerbyOnly three overs were possible in Derbyshire’s opening Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture of the season against Lancashire due to persistent rain at the County Ground.

Chesney Hughes (4*) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (5*) faced just 18 balls before the rain arrived and ultimately forced an early closure to play, as the Falcons had to settle for a point in their opening one-day match of 2013.

Lancashire won the toss and elected to field first, but both Hughes and Chanderpaul looked composed at the crease, with the latter hitting the only boundary of the match through vacant square-leg off Kyle Hogg. 

But to the disappointment of the home crowd, no further play was possible as the rain returned for the remainder of the day as the match finished in a No Result.

Speaking after the game, Alasdair Evans said: "It was bitterly disappointing that the weather beat us today. We have been looking forward to some one day stuff for a while and especially having the Sky Sports cameras here it is a shame that the British summer has beaten us today.

"But we now concentrate on the Sussex match this week and we are all desperate to claim our first win in the four-day format.

"After claiming just a point today, hopefully we can get a good result against Scottish Saltires in our next YB40 fixture. We need to try and get some momentum in this competition. These competitions are all about gaining momentum and taking it through the summer so hopefully we can get an early win under our belt and kick on from there."

Derbyshire will now begin their preparations for next week’s LV= County Championship fixture against Sussex on May 15th at the County Ground, before they continue their YB40 campaign against Scottish Saltires on Sunday, 20th June at Edinburgh.

Supporters who attended today's game can use their ticket again to gain entrance to any home match this season (except for all-ticket matches). Alternatively a full refund can be claimed by applying in writing to the ticket office enclosing your ticket, name and address. All information about Derbyshire's rain check policy are printed on the back of your match-day ticket. 

Squad named for YB40 opener against Lancashire

FootittDerbyshire have named a 14-man squad for their opening Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture of the season against Lancashire Lightning on Sunday, 1.45pm start.

Bowling duo Mark Footitt (pictured) and Alasdair Evans have both been included after the pair impressed in the three day friendly against New Zealand last weekend.

Richard Johnson will take over the gloves from Tom Poynton, while 21-year-old all-rounder Alex Hughes has been included in his first squad of the season.

Both Tony Palladino and Mark Turner miss out on selection due to injury.

Derbyshire’s 14-man squad is as follows: Wayne Madsen, Chesney Hughes, Wes Durston, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dan Redfern, Richard Johnson, Jonathan Clare, Ross Whiteley, Billy Godleman, Alex Hughes, David Wainwright, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt and Alasdair Evans.

Sunday’s Yorkshire Bank 40 opener will be a family fun day and kids’ entertainment will be provided around the ground throughout the day. The Club’s pricing policy is such that a family of four can attend for just £32 if tickets are purchased by midnight tonight.

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Stubbings returns as Derbyshire commit more to coaching

StubbingsStephen Stubbings has been added to Derbyshire’s coaching team in a move that will see AJ Harris re-deployed as specialist Bowling Coach - as the Club further strengthens its experienced coaching setup.

Stubbings takes over day-to-day responsibility for the Second XI with immediate effect; making a fond return to the Club he served as a player for 13 seasons from 1997 to 2009.

The 35-year-old scored 7,557 first-class runs during his 139 match Derbyshire playing career. He was capped in 2001 and was twice a winner of the Club’s Player of the Year Award.

Since leaving the Club at the conclusion of the 2009 season, Stubbings has coached within the Cricket Derbyshire – University of Derby Academy and age-group setups as well as performing a player/coaching role with Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club.

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Durston - Squad raring to go against Lancashire

WesDurstonAll-rounder Wes Durston says Derbyshire are raring to go ahead of their first Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture of the season versus Lancashire Lightning at the County Ground this Sunday, 12th May - 1.45pm start.

Kids’ entertainment will be provided around the ground throughout the day as the LV= County Championship Division Two trophy will be available for photographs and an autograph session with the team will follow the conclusion of the game.

Durston, who averaged 32 in last season’s YB40 competition, is confident that the Falcons can make a positive start to this year’s campaign and he is expecting another entertaining fixture against a strong Lightning side at the County Ground.

“We always look forward to one day cricket,” Durston said. “We just want to go out, express ourselves, play well and get the victory.

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Yorkshire Bank 40 sponsors to give away free cricket bats this summer

RoadToLordsYorkshire Bank is excited to announce its Giving Bat to You campaign which gives cricket fans the chance to win a limited edition cricket bat this summer.

The new title sponsor of the ECB’s domestic 40-over competition has formed a partnership with cricket manufacturer Gray-Nicolls to give away 150 cricket bats between May 3rd and September 21st.

Yorkshire Bank will give away a bat every day throughout the Yorkshire Bank 40 season via its Facebook page. To be in with a chance of winning one of their top of the range bats, all you need to do is upload a photograph that illustrates what cricket means to you to the Giving Bat to You campaign app on the Yorkshire Bank Cricket Facebook page, www.facebook.com/YorkshireBankCricket.

It could be a photograph of you playing, celebrating with your teammates, or a shot with your favourite player of all-time. If it shows us why you love cricket, then we want to see it!

Read more: Yorkshire Bank 40 sponsors to give away free cricket bats this summer

Falcons out to inspire in Sunday’s Lancashire clash

DerbyWayne Madsen is calling for a performance to inspire youngsters as Derbyshire Falcons take on Lancashire Lightning on Family Fun Day at the County Ground; this Sunday, 12th May (1.45pm start).

The Club has been working hard with local schools, community groups and their own junior members to ensure a strong family turnout and the pricing policy is such that a family of four can attend for just £32 if tickets are purchased in advance of the day.

Kids’ entertainment will be provided around the ground including the ever popular Freddie the Falcon, the LV= County Championship Division Two trophy will be available for photographs and an autograph session with the team will follow the conclusion of the game.

But Falcons’ skipper, Madsen, hopes his side’s performance will provide the headline act and will convince those in attendance to become regular spectators throughout the season.

Read more: Falcons out to inspire in Sunday’s Lancashire clash

Register for the Wedding Open Day to enter prize draw

WeddingOpenDayRegister for the Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s much anticipated Wedding Open Day - which takes place this Sunday, 12th May - and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a pre-wedding photo shoot with Jon Cripwell.

The day Wedding Open Day will showcase the beautiful County Ground Marquee as set for a wedding and guests will also get the opportunity to stay for an afternoon of cricket as Derbyshire take on Lancashire in the Yorkshire Bank 40, starting at 1.45pm.

The Wedding Open Day is free to anybody who wishes to attend, with gates opening at 11:30am. A relaxing and enlightening afternoon will conclude at 2:30pm, with guests more than welcome to sample the live cricket on display.

Register now and you will not only be entered into the draw to win a pre-wedding photo shoot with local photographer Jon Cripwell - www.joncripwell.co.uk – but you will also receive a bride’s gift bag containing exclusive discounts and samples.

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New Zealand Test Tourists presented with Derbyshire memento

RoyalCrownDerbyDerbyshire captain Wayne Madsen proudly presented New Zealand captain Kane Williamson with a Royal Crown Derby 22ct gold English Fine Bone China salad bowl as the two sides met in a three day fixture throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

The nationally renowned local porcelain brand donated the hand-crafted gift to the touring Kiwis ahead of the three day match at the County Ground which acted as preparation for their Test series against England.

The presentation to the Black Caps skipper commemorated their first visit to the city of Derby for four years, the last occasion being when they took on Ireland in a warm-up match before the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in 2009.

The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company has traded in Derby since opening their first factory on Nottingham Road in 1750.

Read more: New Zealand Test Tourists presented with Derbyshire memento

New Zealand complete victory despite Redfern defiance

DanRedfernStylish Dan Redfern provided fun in the Bank Holiday sun – but it was New Zealand that emerged victorious on the final day.

Redfern counter-attacked from 98-5 and breezed to an impressive half-century, only to become the third of Neil Wagner’s 5 for 45 as, chasing 335 to win, Derbyshire were all out for 227 and beaten by 107 runs.

The hosts’ batting line-up was hoping for much needed time in the middle after New Zealand’s overnight declaration at 199-5 with only one of the top six, Chesney Hughes, averaging upwards of 40 during the first-class season so far.

Read more: New Zealand complete victory despite Redfern defiance

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