Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and South Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla will both be available for Derbyshire Falcons' opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May; 7pm start.
Dilshan, who has featured in 232 career Twenty20 matches hitting over 5,000 runs, is scheduled to arrive in UK today and will be available to make his debut for Derbyshire earlier than planned after Nathan Rimmington was ruled out for this Friday’s fixture through injury.
The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winner, who has a top score of 104 not out off 57 balls coming against Australia in 2011, is now able to take his place in front of the Sky Sports cameras alongside Amla, who will be making his final appearance for the county this summer.
Tickets are still available for the eagerly-anticipated opener and supporters who buy their tickets 24 hours in advance of the game will save £4 per ticket. Best value for adults, however, can be found through one of our popular Six Pack Tickets which grants entry to any six days of cricket for just £72.
Lancashire’s spin bowling duo of England Test man Simon Kerrigan and off-break Arron Lilley produced devastating spells to defeat Derbyshire by an innings and 14 runs at Southport and Birkdale CC.
Having started the day on 123-3, Derbyshire succumbed to the spin-friendly conditions and could only add 43 runs before being bowled out for 166.
South African Kolpak duo Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince did the damage in the first innings, scoring 113 and 230 respectively before Lilley took his maiden first-class five-wicket haul and Kerrigan claimed 4-80 on the final day.
Night Watchman Tom Taylor was the first man to fall to Lilley - bowled for five - before the same man had Scott Elstone caught sweeping off his bowling without scoring.
Join us in the Marquee at Derbyshire’s opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture and watch Hashim Amla and Tillakaratne Dilshan in style with a three-course buffet served by local Indian restaurant, Slice of India.
We will bring the razzmatazz of the Indian Premier League to Derby as the Falcons entertain Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (7pm start) and guests in the Greene King IPA Marquee will be able to watch the explosive action from some of the best seats in the house.
There will also be Indian-themed entertainment throughout the night, before the Twenty20 action takes centre stage, which will also be aired live on Sky Sports. This will be supporters' only opportunity to see South Africa Test Captain Amla, who is currently ranked as the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, and Sri Lanka superstar Dilshan in action together for Derbyshire.
Amla and Dilshan will also be taking part in a team signing session immediately after the close of play.
Ben Slater struck his second half-century of the match to help Derbyshire get back into the game after Lancashire had accumulated a first-innings lead at Southport.
Ashwell Prince struck a double-century to help Lancashire gain a sizable lead of 181 runs before they were bowled out for 551 with Matthew Critchley returning 3-50, including his maiden first-class wicket.
Slater shared a 98-run partnership with Chesney Hughes - who hit 41 - before both batsmen fell in the final two overs of the day as Derbyshire ended Day Three on 123-3, still 58 runs behind.
The first wicket to fall in the day was Tom Taylor’s fourth of the innings when Alex Davies thick-edged him to Chesney Hughes in the slips via a hand from Hashim Amla for 37.
Chesney Hughes is calling for supporters to get behind the Falcons this Friday in the county's opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture.
Derbyshire, who will include South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, welcome Lancashire Lightning to Derby, in front of the Sky Sports cameras, looking to register their first win of the new competition.
Hughes, who hit 59 off 44 balls last time out against Leicestershire, says the Falcons are not far away from becoming a winning team in the format and hopes the home crowd can spur them to victory on Friday.
“Friday nights at The 3aaa County Ground are special. The atmosphere is great and we want to put on a good show for our supporters,” Hughes said.
Tom Taylor took three wickets to halt Lancashire’s progress after a record-breaking partnership between Ashwell Prince and Alviro Petersen dominated Day Two at Southport.
Derbyshire were bowled out for 370 after an early morning cameo from Matt Critchley (41), before Mark Footitt (1-56) and Taylor (3-87) helped to reduce Lancashire to 18-2 early on in their reply.
But South Africa duo Prince and Petersen (112) took the initiative away from the visitors to bat throughout the afternoon session and break the record for the highest third-wicket partnership for Lancashire versus Derbyshire with a stand of 258.
Taylor took two more wickets after tea, including that of Petersen, but Prince remained unbeaten on 155 at stumps with Lancashire on 348-4, trailing by 22 runs.
Tickets are selling fast ahead of Derbyshire Falcons’ first home NatWest T20 Blast game of the season, as Lancashire Lightning visit The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 29 May.
There is just nine days to go before the game and Derbyshire will have South Africa international Hashim Amla lining up for his one and only NatWest T20 Blast appearance on Derbyshire soil, while Australian death bowler Nathan Rimmington is in contention to make his home debut.
New T20 Captain Wes Durston will lead a team out that could also feature left-arm pace bowler Mark Footitt, who has been training with England at Lord’s this week as part of their preparations for the Test series against New Zealand.
Supporters can take advantage of a number of offers in place ahead of the game, which will be aired live on Sky Sports.
Ben Slater and Billy Godleman shared a 141-run opening stand, before Hashim Amla hit his first half-century for the county on Day One against Lancashire at Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club.
Slater and stand-in Captain Godleman both hit fifty to help their side dominate the morning session, before South Africa batsman Amla struck his maiden half-century in a Derbyshire shirt during the afternoon session.
The hosts, however, battled back in the evening to claim six wickets, with Tom Bailey and Kyle Jarvis claiming three wickets apiece in the day, but Derbyshire ended the opening day in a strong position on 335-9.
Graeme Welch made two changes from the draw against Northamptonshire last time out, as Godleman and David Wainwright replaced Wayne Madsen, who misses out through injury, and Ben Cotton.
After winning the toss, the openers batted throughout the morning session to take their side to 129-0, with both batsmen passing fifty.
The Club will be hosting an exclusive dinner with South Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla on Thursday 28 May, with proceeds going to the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801).
The event will take place in the Baytree Cars Executive Lounge at The 3aaa Pavilion and has been arranged with the support of PAK Foods.
Starting at 7pm, a limited audience of 48 guests will enjoy a reception with Hashim, who is currently ranked as the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, followed by a hosted Q&A session and three-course meal prepared and served by renowned local Indian restaurant, Anoki.
Tickets to the event also includes five complimentary tickets to Derbyshire Falcons’ opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May; 7pm start – your opportunity to see Amla in Twenty20 action in Derby.
Chris Durham, project coordinator for Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, said: "This is a unique opportunity to meet, chat and share a meal with South Africa Test Captain Hashim.
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