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Khawaja hits century as Falcons beat Unicorns in Festival opener

Usman Khawaja hit a maiden one-day century for the Falcons as the hosts began the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket with a 35 run win over the Unicorns at Queen's Park.

The Australian Test international was in fine form, hitting 104 after Derbyshire had lost the toss and asked to bat first; the hosts reaching 235-7 before a Mark Turner-inspired Derbyshire bowled the visitors out for 200.

The Falcons began brightly with openers Chesney Hughes and Khawaja looking comfortable at the crease; the pair progressing the Derbyshire score to 50 without loss after ten overs.

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Derbyshire loan Warwickshire gloveman

Richard JohnsonDerbyshire have drafted-in Warwickshire wicketkeeper Richard Johnson on loan as injury cover for Tom Poynton.

Poynton, who has missed the last two games, had further scans this week and remains a doubt ahead of the forthcoming Chesterfield Festival of Cricket which takes place this week.

“Tom's injury is taking slightly longer to recover than first anticipated,” Head Coach Karl Krikken explained.

“Chris Durham has already come in and done a good job for us. However, we felt it would be wise to add a little more experience in this critical area of the squad ahead of a busy period of cricket."

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Heavy rain ensures points are shared against Northants

Derbyshire had to settle for a point in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match away against the Northants Steelbacks, with the match the victim of heavy rain.

The Falcons had earlier reduced the hosts to 220-8 from their 40 overs before reaching 19-2 before the rain came.

 Having won the toss, the Falcons opted to bowl first and the decision looked a good one with openers Kyle Coetzer (9) and David Willey (21) dismissed by Mark Turner inside the first ten overs; the latter caught at the wicket to give Chris Durham his first victim in CB40 cricket.

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Krikken searching for winning habit as Unicorns open the Chesterfield Festival

ChesterfieldThe headline show of five days versus Yorkshire may be still to come – but Derbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken is anticipating an entertaining Chesterfield Festival opener versus the Unicorns this Sunday (1.45pm start).

Krikken believes Queen’s Park is the perfect setting for limited-overs cricket and he’s determined to start the festival with a bang.

“We’re all looking forward to an exciting week of cricket and it’s the Unicorns first up,” he said. 

“They will be our immediate focus; they’ve surprised counties in the past and we’re determined it won’t happen to us on Sunday.

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Di Venuto retires

Michael Di VenutoFormer Derbyshire batsman Michael Di Venuto has announced his retirement from first-class cricket with immediate effect.

The 38-year-old left-hander spent six seasons as overseas player at the County Ground between 2000 to 2006. He scored 7,256 first-class runs at an average of 49.02 with 19 centuries.

Also scoring a further eight centuries and 20 fifties in the limited-overs forms of the game during his time with Derbyshire, Di Venuto enjoyed a successful Sheffield Shield career with Tasmania and went on to be a resounding success with Durham after departing the County Ground in 2006.

Di Venuto retires with nine One Day International caps for Australia and an overall first-class record of 25,200 runs at an average of 45.90. He scored 60 hundreds and 156 fifties in the four day arena.

Derbyshire braced for mouth-watering Queen's Park visit

The Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, played at arguably County Cricket's most picturesque location of all, starts this coming Sunday.

Derbyshire’s visits to Queen’s Park are always eagerly anticipated by all connected with the club, however given the county’s current position at the summit of the LV=County Championship Division Two table, the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket takes on added significance.

If the return of LV=County Championship cricket after a break for the Friends Life t20 campaign isn’t mouth-watering enough, the prospect of doing battle with Yorkshire adds even more spice.

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World Cup boost for Falcons youngster

Tom KnightDerbyshire Academy graduate Tom Knight has secured a place in England’s 15-man squad for the ICC U19 World Cup in Australia.

England will begin with a game against hosts Australia in Townsville on 11th August before playing Ireland and Nepal in the other group stage matches.

If England progress in the competition they could then go on to face one of twelve other countries in the latter stages competing in the U19 World Cup.

The squad was selected by the England Development Programme selectors including David Graveney (EDP Head Selector), Tim Boon (Head Coach), John Abrahams and Iain Brunnschweiler.

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2nd XI match this Monday abandoned

Derbyshire's scheduled 2nd XI match this coming Monday, July 9th, has been abandoned due to the heavy and persistent rain experienced throughout the region.

Derbyshire's 2nd XI were due to entertain their Leicestershire counterparts in the 2nd XI Trophy at Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club.

The next scheduled match for the Derbyshire 2nd XI is this coming Tuesday, July 10th, against the same opponents in the 2nd XI Championship at the County Ground, Derby.

Extra reward for Falcons v Outlaws ticket buyers

County Ground Under WaterThe Club has elected to go above and beyond the standard rain calcellation policy by offering each ticket holder for the cancelled Nottinghamshire Outlaws fixture entry for two people at any home fixture during the remainder of the season.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Everybody connected with the Club is bitterly disappointed that we aren’t able to host one of our showpiece matches of the campaign.

“This game was an opportunity to provide an excellent atmosphere and match-day experience to our members and supporters. It would have been great to see the kind of big crowd at the County Ground that has become traditional for this fixture.

“We’re rewarding all those who have purchased a ticket for the game in advance by allowing them entry for two people to any of our forthcoming home matches during the second half of the season.

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