Derbyshire captain looking forward to T20 Blast derbies

Derbyshire Cricket captain Wayne Madsen

Derbyshire Cricket captain Wayne Madsen

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Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen is looking forward to the NatWest T20 Blast fixtures next season, with two tasty-looking derbies in particular.

Tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now and the club is anticipating a duo of sell-out local derbies at the height of summer.

Fixtures against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Derby and Yorkshire Vikings at Chesterfield have once again been handed prime dates, and demand is already high.

The visit of neighbours Nottinghamshire to The 3aaa County Ground, a fixture that sold out in advance in 2013, will be played on Friday June 26 (6.30pm).

The visit of Yorkshire to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield is on Sunday July 12 (2.30pm) for a game which saw over 4,000 in attendance in 2014.

Captain Madsen said: “Our focus will be on winning Twenty20 games and making it a great spectacle to watch.

“Lots of sixes, short boundaries and entertaining high-scoring games.

“All of our home games in 2014 were high scoring.

“As far as one day wickets go, they were rated as the best in the country. It’s an exciting prospect to play on fantastic wickets again this summer.

“There’s lot of fixtures to look forward to, none more than the two local derbies against Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

“The crowds are exceptional and it’s great to have such a buzz around the ground.

“We do need to make sure we are playing better Twenty20 cricket and a lot of our training over the winter has been designed to enhance that.

“But we scored a lot of runs last year and I don’t think our approach to batting will change much. We can be better at closing out games.

“We want to reach the knockout stages and I think that is a realistic aim this summer.”