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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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Madsen confident squad depth can cover absence

WayneMadsenDerbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen believes there is enough batting depth within the squad to cover his absence due to injury over the next few weeks.

Madsen will be out for at least a month after undergoing surgery on a finger injury sustained in the LV= County Championship fixture versus Northamptonshire at the start of May.

The 31-year-old spoke of his frustration but insists that there is enough depth in the squad for the side’s batting department to continue to produce the goods in his absence. 

“It’s been nice to get some runs under my belt, but it’s disappointing that just as the NatWest T20 Blast was starting that I’ve picked up this broken finger," Madsen said.

“The finger is good, I have had a few painkillers to help and I’m looking forward to when I’m able to get it moving again.

“It’s difficult to say when I’ll be back, it’s all about getting the movement back. We’re looking at a period of at least four weeks but I hope to be back playing in the not too distant future.

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3aaa to use the power of sport to help change lives

3aaaLeading Apprenticeship provider 3aaa, Aspire Achieve Advance, will be using the power of sport to encourage businesses across Derbyshire to take on a young Apprentice and be part of something special in Derby.

For every business in Derbyshire that recruits a 16 to 18-year-old IT or Digital Marketing Apprentice in May or June through 3aaa, the company will pledge £500 to Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s #WereBackingTheBid campaign for Derby to become a host city at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.  

The ambitious plan for the City will be symbolised by a landmark set of giant cricket stumps, manufactured by Briggs of Burton, to be located at the gateway to the City on the Pentagon Roundabout. The stumps will be funded by a total of 100 local companies who will each pledge £500.

The businesses who take on a 3aaa apprentice will join over 30 local companies, including 3aaa, who are already backing the bid and will be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture, as well as featuring on the a Partners Plaque.

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Durston: We'll come back stronger

WesDurstonWes Durston says the Falcons will come back stronger after the opening week defeat in the NatWest T20 Blast against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.

After losing the toss, Tom Poynton, making his first appearance since 2013, hit 27 off 18 balls while Hashim Amla top scored with 29, but five wickets from debutant Matthew Fisher restricted the visitors to 128.

Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Ben Cottton was the pick of the Derbyshire bowlers in reply returning figures of 2-19 off his four overs, but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings claimed a seven-wicket win.  

"Obviously we wanted to come up and make a good start in the competition but certain things didn't go our way and there were certain things we got wrong," NatWest T20 Blast Captain Durston said.

"After a good power play start we kind of capitulated a bit and to lose five for 15. It's always going to be difficult then to mount a challenge to get a score to defend but I thought the boys stuck at the task in the field very well.

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Youngsters’ chance to play cricket for Derbyshire

CricketCoachingA brand new Derbyshire cricket XI will be in competitive action this summer - and the journey has already begun in two Derby public parks.

Free, open-to-all coaching sessions, which started in April, will take place every Monday evening in Normanton Park and every Friday evening at Arboretum Park for young people wanting to get active, play cricket and achieve the dream of playing for their county.

The sessions will be held 6.00pm to 8.00pm and will run up until 25th September with the possibility of an extension to that period.

'Cricket Project - Derby Inner City Parks, 2015’ is set to attract a half-century of youngsters aged 14 to 25 and takes cricket coaching and healthy living activities to the two multicultural inner city communities.

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Wayne Madsen injury update

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen will be out for at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on a finger injury sustained in the LV= County Championship fixture versus Northamptonshire at the start of May.

The Club Captain, who sustained the injury on the final day of the fixture at The 3aaa County Ground, underwent successful surgery on Friday afternoon and is now expected to be unavailable for a minimum of four weeks.

Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: "It's a blow to lose the Captain at this stage of the season but we have a strong squad and I’m sure lads will step up. 

"We have Billy Godleman to come back into the four-day side and other players, such as Scott Elstone and Chesney Hughes, who have shown good form since been given their opportunities.”

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Falcons defeated in NatWest T20 Blast opener

Ben CottonBen Cotton bowled a standout spell of 2-19 from four overs but it wasn’t enough to stop Derbyshire from tasting defeat against Yorkshire in the opening game of the NatWest T20 Blast 2015.

Hashim Amla, Chesney Hughes and Tom Poynton scored 29, 27 and 27 respectively after Derbyshire had been put into bat but the Falcons were bowled out for 128 thanks to a five-wicket haul on debut from Matthew Fisher.

There were two wickets for Cotton in Derbyshire’s defence and a wicket for Mark Footitt but the home side ran out winners by seven wickets when they reached their target in the 17th over.

Wes Durston and Amla opened the batting the Falcons and got off to a brisk start, scoring 12 from the first over, including a leg-side four apiece.

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Follow the Action Live: #YORvDER

YORvDERDerbyshire begin their NatWest T20 Blast 2015 campaign with a trip to Headingley to face Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 15 May; 7pm start.

Wes Durston will lead the Falcons for the first time after he recovered from the injury that saw him miss the last two LV= County Championship fixtures.

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla is included in the squad with batsman Billy Godleman who returns from suspension. Newly-named NatWest T20 Blast Vice-captain Tom Poynton features in the squad and is set to make his first competitive appearance of the new season.

The home side boast a strong squad but will be without England players Joe Root, Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance in addition to Australian stars Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch.

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Amla targets winning start in T20 Blast

Hashim AmlaHashim Amla is hoping to play his part in a winning start for Derbyshire Falcons, as they begin their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Yorkshire Falcons at Headingley tonight; 7pm start.

Amla will be available for three NatWest T20 Blast matches and provides a wealth of experience having played over 100 matches in this format in his career, hitting over 2,500 runs in the process.

The 32-year-old is set to make his T20 debut for Derbyshire tonight, and is looking to make his mark straight away but he says he won’t necessarily have to adapt his classy and composed approach at the crease.

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