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Derbyshire v Essex fixture at Leek gains college backing

LeekBuxton and Leek College is reinforcing its support of the Leek community by supporting County Cricket’s return to Leek.

Anticipation is building for the Sunday 9th June showdown between Derbyshire Falcons and Essex Eagles with a 1.45pm start.

The Yorkshire Bank 40 one-day fixture at Leek Cricket Club is expected to feature star attractions such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara.

It is the first fixture at Leek since 2011 and the result of a partnership between Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Buxton and Leek College of Further Education and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

The college provides a range of courses to students from Leek and the surrounding area including A Levels, BTECs, and Access courses.

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Squad named to face Essex at Leek

DerbyshireFalconsDerbyshire Falcons have named a 15-man squad for their Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Essex Eagles at Highfield, Leek, on Sunday; 1.45pm start.

Tim Groenewald and Jonathan Clare both return to Karl Krikken’s one-day squad after recovering from injury and could be in line to make their returns at Leek tomorrow.

The Falcons side will include world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, as Wayne Madsen’s men aim to claim their second victory in this year’s competition against an in-form Essex side.

Former England intentionals Owais Shah and James Foster, New Zealand Test opener Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier are all expected to feature for the Eagles at Derbyshire’s Staffordshire Moorlands out-ground.

Derbyshire’s squad in full is as follows: Chesney Hughes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen, Paul Borrington, Billy Godleman, Jonathan Clare, Alex Hughes, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne, David Wainwright, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Mark Turner and Tom Knight.

Supporters who buy tickets in advance will benefit from discounted prices of £12 adults, £4 juniors and £4 car parking; available online here.

A further £2 discount is available per adult ticket for a group containing four or more adults and – new for 2013 – the Six Pack Ticket allows entry to six matches for just £55.

Junior Membership is priced at £10 – therefore; a parent and child can attend six matches this season for a total of just £65.

Tickets are also available on the gate priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors and £5 car parking.

Postcode for Leek Cricket Club is: ST13 8SG

Yorkshire Bank 40 cricket at Leek Cricket Club in association with Buxton and Leek College of Further Education and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Durham MCCU fightback in vain as Derbyshire claim victory

DerbyDurham MCCU produced an impressive batting display on the final day – but it was ultimately in vain as Derbyshire dismissed the visitors with 10 overs remaining to seal a 65-run victory at the County Ground.

Rishabh Shah, Chaitanya Bishnoi and Chris Purshouse all completed half-centuries, as the visitors moved towards their 432 victory target on day three.

But Durham MCCU lost wickets at crucial times throughout the day and three wickets from Wes Durston and two from Alex Hughes ensured the visitors fell 65 runs short, as Derbyshire claimed victory in an entertaining three-day fixture.  

Durham MCCU began the final day on 28-1, after Alasdair Evans claimed the late wicket of Chris Jones with his third delivery of the innings the evening before.

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Save £4 when you buy tickets in advance for Leek this Sunday

Supporters who purchase tickets in advance for the eagerly-anticipated Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Essex Eagles at Highfield, Leek, on Sunday can reap the benefits of special discounted prices.

Karl Krikken’s men return to the one-day format against an explosive Essex side that will include Owais Shah, James Foster, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier this Sunday; 1.45pm start. 

Fans who buy their tickets in advance online by midnight on Saturday will be able to enjoy special discounted prices; with adult tickets available for just £12 – saving £4 – and junior tickets can be purchased for only £4. 

On a hot summer’s day, the Falcons enjoyed a six-wicket victory against Warwickshire on their last visit to Leek Cricket Club in 2011; and the forecast is for more good weather this Sunday - so don't forget your sun cream.

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Evans bowls Derbyshire into strong position against Durham MCCU

AlasdairEvansFour wickets on the day from Alasdair Evans – and 91 from Dan Redfern – has put Derbyshire in control after the second day of their three-day fixture with Durham MCCU.

Despite an excellent century from Freddie van den Bergh, three wickets in the morning session from Evans helped dismiss the visitors for 229, trailing Karl Krikken’s side by 207 runs.

Redfern top scored for the hosts in their second innings, hitting six fours and two sixes in his 91, as Derbyshire declared on 224-4 – with Tom Poynton last man out for 77.

Evans claimed a late wicket to leave Durham MCCU 28-1 after 9 overs at the close, still trailing Wes Durston's side by 404 runs.

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Durston predicting action-packed fixture with Essex at Leek

LeekDerbyshire return to Highfield, Leek, this weekend – and Wes Durston is predicting an action-packed Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against an in-form Essex Eagles side on Sunday; 1.45pm start.

Karl Krikken’s men return to their Staffordshire Moorlands out-ground for the first time in two years, when the Falcons claimed a six-wicket victory over Warwickshire back in 2011. 

Durston is relishing the side’s return to Leek and is expecting an entertaining match against a hard-hitting Essex side - and the all-rounder believes a good result will hold them in good stead as Derbyshire push for a semi-final berth.

“I have played at Leek before and it is a lovely setting,” Durston said. “We played there two seasons ago when we beat Warwickshire in a t20. The crowd was excellent then and it was a nice hot day - and hopefully it will be the same this coming Sunday.

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Durston and Slater complete centuries against Durham MCCU

WesDurstonWes Durston and Ben Slater both completed centuries as part of a 198-run stand as Derbyshire – who claimed three late wickets – ended the opening day on top against Durham MCCU at the County Ground.

Durston hit 15 fours and a six in his 117, outscoring 21-year-old Slater by a single run who also retired during the afternoon session on 116 – as the hosts declared on 436-7, thanks to a late 73 from Alex Hughes.

Alasdair Evans, Jonathan Clare and Peter Burgoyne picked up a wicket apiece after the restart, as the visitors closed on 40-3 after 11 overs, trailing by 396 runs.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Billy Godleman and Paul Borrington made a solid start putting on 71 runs for the opening wicket.

Borrington, however, was first to fall for 22, before partner Godleman followed soon after for a brisk 49 from just 44 balls – both to the impressive Matt Milnes who finished with figures of 2-92 from 25 overs. But these would be the only breakthroughs of the morning, as Slater and Durston produced an outstanding partnership to end the session.

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Slater expecting tough test against Durham MCCU

BenSlaterBen Slater insists this week’s MCC University fixture against Durham will be a tough test, but is hoping a good result will hold Derbyshire in good stead ahead of this Sunday's fixture with Essex at Leek Cricket Club.

The 21-year-old competed in his maiden first-class match for the Club last week versus Surrey – the same opponents he made his first-class debut against for Bradford/Leeds MCCU in 2012.

Slater believes fixtures against university sides give youngsters the perfect opportunity to test their ability against professional outfits and the left-handed batsman is expecting a difficult game against Durham MCCU, which begins on Wednesday 5th June; 11am start.  

“I don’t think it will be an easy game this week,” Slater said. “I know the MCCU sides from obviously playing at that level before. When I was up a Leeds we won a few games and pushed all the counties we played – it was a good experience.

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Caribbean Twenty20 ends Derbyshire’s Guptill hopes for 2013

MartinGuptillMartin Guptill has ended speculation linking him with Derbyshire for the 2013 Friends Life t20 competition – but he has confirmed ambitions to play for the Club again.

The in-form Kiwi ace will jet off to the Caribbean Premier League following the ICC Champions Trophy in England – and a short break back in New Zealand - as the hectic cricketing calendar rules him out of a third stint with Derbyshire in 2013.

The 26-year-old has hit the national headlines in recent days following back-to-back centuries in the One Day International series versus England; the second of which was a record breaking 189 in the Kiwis' 86-run victory at the Rose Bowl.

Such international heroics came as no surprise to Derbyshire supporters who saw the Kiwi international average upwards of 40 in 16 first-class appearances during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, as well as starring with a succession of powerful performances in the limited-overs arenas.

Read more: Caribbean Twenty20 ends Derbyshire’s Guptill hopes for 2013

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