Exciting summer awaits Derbyshire CCC as fixtures announced

Derbyshire Cricket 2014, captain Wayne Madsen
Derbyshire Cricket 2014, captain Wayne Madsen

Derbyshire CCC will begin their 2015 LV= County Championship season with a four-day home match against Lancashire on Sunday, April 19.

Fierce rivals Nottinghamshire will visit The 3aaa County Ground for a Natwest T20 Blast on Friday, June 26 in what promises to be another close encounter.

And Derbyshire will make the journey north of the county to Chesterfield on Sunday, July 12 to take on Yorkshire at Queen’s Park for the Festival of Cricket.

Derbyshire chief executive Simon Storey said: “The first fixtures we look for each-and-every year are those local derbies against Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. Once again we’re delighted with the dates that have come our way.

“Nottinghamshire at The 3aaa County Ground was an advanced sell-out in 2013 and we were close to capacity versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield last season too.

“This time around, with no tournament football and Ashes fever no doubt sweeping the nation, 2015 could be the year that we secure our first ever double sell-out.”

Captain Wayne Madsen added: “The fixture announcement is always an exciting time as we continue our preparations for the new campaign. There are a lot of things to look forward to next summer.

“We have ambitions for a successful year in all formats. We showed form and potential during the second half of last season, and we’ll make sure the new season starts well for us. It’s all about being in the mix by the end of the season.

“There’s also been a lot of work behind-the-scenes to make the facilities better, so it will be great when the new season comes around and the club can show them off.

“We’re also really looking forward to returning to Chesterfield. It’s a great place to play cricket and the crowds are always great.

“And of course there’s that great opportunity for us to gain experience playing against the best Australia has to offer. All-in-all, it promises to be an exciting summer.”