Having recently been announced as the winner of the FTI Most Valuable Player Award for the month of May, Derbyshire's Wes Durston was presented with his certificate before the start of the Falcons' opening FLt20 match against Lancashire Lightning on Thursday evening.
Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant was on hand to present the batting all-rounder with his much deserved accolade, with Durston having acquired more points in May than any other cricketer in the country.
Below is the official Press Release from FTI highlighting the reasons behind Durston winning the award.
As is the nature with the FLt20, the games come thick and fast, and this week at the county ground is no different as the Falcons take on Yorkshire Carnegie on Monday at 7.10pm followed quickly with a visit from the Durham Dynamos on Wednesday, June the 20th.
The games will be a stern test for the Falcons early in their campaign, as both oppositions are littered with international talent, although Derbyshire enjoyed victories against both sides during the 2011 campaign.
“The two sides are obviously top outfits, but the way we’ve played our cricket this year; we won’t be taking a back ward step from anyone,” Derbyshire all-rounder Wes Durston said.
The Falcons beat the White Rose County last year at Headingley, but suffered a reverse when the sides met at the County Ground last July.
Durston is currently in the midst of a hectic Twenty20 schedule which continues with back-to-back fixtures at the County Ground next week versus Yorkshire Carnegie and Durham Dynamos.
Carnegie are the visitors on this coming Monday evening with a 7.10 start with the Dynamos showdown scheduled for the following Wednesday at 7pm.
Derbyshire began their 2012 Friends Life T20 campaign in startling fashion with victory over the Lancashire Lightning at the County Ground by 17 runs on Duckworth Lewis.
As rain fell a keen eye was firmly set on the D/L par-scores, but after some impressive hitting from Wes Durston and Ross Whiteley the Falcons began to get ahead and remained there when play was halted in the 12th over.
This came after an impressive fielding display by the home side in which Tim Groenewald claimed two early wickets to restrict the visitors in a tightly fought T20 opener.
Overseas duo Rana Naved (pictured) and Usman Khawaja have been named in the Derbyshire Falcons squad for this evening's Friends Life t20 opener versus Lancashire Lightning, 7pm start at the County Ground, Derby.
The international duo have been added to a young and otherwise largely home-grown Derbyshire team currently flying high at the top of the LV= County Championship Second Division.
The 14-man squad in full is as follows: Wayne Madsen (Captain), Usman Khawaja, Wes Durston, Ross Whiteley, Dan Redfern, Chesney Hughes, Garry Park, Rana Naved, Jonathan Clare, David Wainwright, Tom Poynton, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner and Tom Knight.
Rana Naved said: “I’m very excited about playing Friends Life t20.
Derbyshire fielded a strong side in the first of two matches, Wayne Madsen captaining a team including oversees star Rana Naved in preparation for the FLt20 campaign, beginning at the County Ground tomorrow against the Lancashire Lightning; 7pm start.
Having won the toss and elected to bowl first against a strong Lancashire side, the Falcons bowled with discipline, reducing the visitors to 116-9 from their 20 overs with Jon Clare (3-20) and Naved (2-15) both impressing from their four overs.
Enjoy a sneak preview of the big hits, the stumps flying, the great fielding and the audience engagement; then experience it for yourself here in Derbyshire where the Falcons are combining their team of emerging homegrown talent with the world-class firepower of Pakistan's Rana Naved and Australia's Usman Khawaja.
The slightly earlier start time than usual at Trent Bridge is due to the European Championships football fixture between England and Sweden.
Look out for a forthcoming announcement regarding the start time for the match versus Leicestershire on Friday 29th June which will make the match accessible for those attending the Olympic torch relay.
The Pakistan international has gained a wealth of limited-overs experience around the world, culminating in a sensational spell with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Australian KFC Big Bash earlier this year where he topped the wicket taking charts.
And basking in his reputation as an entertainer and a crowd pleaser, Naved has urged the Derbyshire public to come out in support of the vibrant young Falcons.
“I’m very excited about playing Friends Life t20,” he said.
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