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Hughes hits fifty but Foxes win at Grace Road

Chesney HughesChesney Hughes hit 59 from 44 balls, but it was Leicestershire Foxes who came out on top in the East Midlands derby at Grace Road.

Derbyshire closed on 163-6 as they were put into the bat in the second NatWest T20 Blast fixture of the season, with Hughes and Billy Godleman (38 not out) putting on a sixth-wicket stand of 66 to help the visitors recover from 78-5.

Ben Cotton (1-29) dismissed the dangerous Mark Cosgrove in the third over but the hosts recovered well to reach 85-1 at just over the halfway stage.

David Wainwright (1-25) and Wes Durston (1-27) took wickets in successive overs to give Derbyshire hope, but an unbroken stand of 69 between Niall O’Brien (47*) and Grant Elliott (21*) guided Leicestershire to 164-3 with six balls to spare.

Derbyshire return to The 3aaa County Ground next Friday for their first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Lancashire Lightning; 7pm start. 

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Half-Term Offer! £5 Student tickets for home T20 opener

Half Term OfferThe Club has announced a special Half-Term Offer for the Derbyshire Falcons’ opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture versus Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May; 7pm start.

Students with a valid NUS card can watch Derbyshire’s clash with Lancashire for just £5 and see South Africa international Hashim Amla in his only Twenty20 appearance at The 3aaa County Ground.

Amla, who is currently the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, heads up a star studded line-up that will feature 90mph fast bowler Mark Footitt and Australia Big Bash fast bowler Nathan Rimmington, who will be in contention to make his home debut.

Lancashire’s side, led by England Lions all-rounder Tom Smith, will include Australia World Cup winner James Faulkner fresh from his stint in the Indian Premier League with the Rajasthan Royals.

The fixture will also be aired live on Sky Sports, offering an enhanced matchday experience with big screen replays and the chance to get on TV.

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Second XI victorious in T20's against Unicorns

Wes DurstonWes Durston hit consecutive half-centuries as Derbyshire warmed up for tonight’s NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Leicestershire with two victories over the Unicorns.

Derbyshire fielded a strong second XI at The 3aaa County Ground, ahead of their trip to Grace Road, and they recorded a seven-wicket win followed by an eight-wicket win.

The visitors batted first in the opening T20 and wickets at regular intervals meant that they reached 114-6 from their 20 overs, with Greg Cork the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers, taking 2-7 from three overs.

Derbyshire knocked off the runs for the loss of three wickets with two overs to spare, as Durston finished unbeaten on 53.

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Giant bails to capture the essence of the county

BriggsofBurtonThe bails on the landmark set of giant stumps will be made hollow to allow them to act as a time capsule, sealed with memorabilia celebrating the heritage of the county of Derbyshire.

The bails will be filled with five items signifying the county of Derbyshire, including a mini bat signed by the 2015 Derbyshire Women’s Cricket Team and a specially made item from Royal Crown Derby. 

At the start of April, the Club formally announced its intention to bid for Derby to become a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

As part of the announcement, the Club unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps, manufactured by Briggs of Burton, to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout.

The stumps will be funded by 100 local businesses together with a small number of private donors who will each pledge £500 to become part of the #WereBackingTheBid campaign. Over 30 businesses have already pledged their support and will be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture as well as featuring on a Partners Plaque.

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PREVIEW: Squad named for Grace Road trip

Ben CottonAll-rounder Wayne White returns from injury and features in Graeme Welch’s 14-man Derbyshire Falcons squad to face Leicestershire Foxes in the NatWest T20 Blast at Grace Road on Friday, 5.30pm start.

The 29-year-old joined Derbyshire at the start of the season after spending the latter part of last season on loan at The 3aaa County Ground from Lancashire.

He has returned from injury to be included in the squad which will see him join up with the same 13 players who made the trip to Headingley to face Yorkshire Vikings in last week’s NatWest T20 Blast curtain raiser.

Hashim Amla (29), Chesney Hughes (27) and Tom Poynton (27 off 18 balls) all showed form with the bat against Yorkshire in the tournament opener last week while Ben Cotton claimed 2-19 in a game where Yorkshire were victorious by seven wickets.

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Poynton: It's great to be back in the big time

Tom PoyntonTom Poynton was delighted to make his first team return last week and is hoping to continue his good form in the NatWest T20 Blast at Grace Road tomorrow.

The newly-appointed Derbyshire Falcons vice-captain returned to first team action in last week’s NatWest T20 Blast opener against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley, and scored 27 from 18 balls including two sixes.

Poynton says it is vital not to underestimate Leicestershire Foxes tomorrow, who are three times winners of the competition, as Derbyshire look to register their first win of this year’s campaign.

“They are a threatening team, they’re often written off but they have had a good record in T20 cricket,” said Poynton.

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Tickets in demand for home T20 opener

Wes DurstonTickets 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. 

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India Club NatWest T20 Blast launch

Hashim AmlaJoin us in the Marquee at Derbyshire’s opening home NatWest T20 Blast fixture and watch the match 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 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. Supporters will be able to see South Africa superstar Hashim Amla, who is currently ranked as the number three Test and ODI batsman in the world, in action for Derbyshire.

Amla will also be taking part in a team signing session immediately after the close of play.

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Save money with our Double the Action offer

Shiv ThakorSupporters can watch successive NatWest T20 Blast matches for just £25 with our new Double the Action offer - which begins with the home fixture versus Lancashire Lighting on Friday 29 May.

When purchasing in advance, supporters can buy an adult NatWest T20 Blast ticket and watch the next match for just £9 extra, compared to the usual advanced price of £16. That's a saving of £7!

Derbyshire Falcons begin their home campaign with the visit of Lancashire Lightning to The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 29 May, with Durham Jets the next game on Friday 5 June.

Hashim Amla will be making his only NatWest T20 Blast appearance on home soil for Derbyshire against Lancashire, while Australian Big Bash bowler Nathan Rimmington is set to feature in the clash with Durham.

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