Derbsyhire CCC face Lancashire CCC in season opener

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Derbyshire’s will kick off the news season with a four-day match against Lancashire on Sunday 19th April at the start of the new season.

The LV= County Championship opener will provide the first opportunity for members to enjoy a match from their newly transformed facilities at The 3aaa County Ground following a £700k close season investment.

It will also see players take the field from the Gateway Centre for the first time with that building having also undergone a winter transformation into a dedicated centre of cricketing excellence.

The Club is anticipating, meanwhile, a duo of sell-out local derbies after the fixtures for the 2015 season were announced.

The NatWest T20 Blast matches against Nottinghamshire at Derby and Yorkshire at Chesterfield have been handed prime dates at the height of summer; an Ashes summer that also includes a three day fixture versus Australia starting on Thursday 23rd July.

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

And demand is expected to be equally high for the visit of Yorkshire to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield on Sunday 12th July, a game that will bring down the curtain on the tenth successive year of Chesterfield Festivals.

The LV= County Championship opener versus Lancashire on Sunday 19th April, meanwhile, will be the first opportunity for members to enjoy a match from their new facilities at The 3aaa County Ground following a £700k close season investment.

The Club will host at least one home first-class game every month during the April to September campaign.

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.”

Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s 2015 fixtures in full are available at derbyshireccc.com.

Tickets, Membership and Six Pack Tickets for the new season are on sale online at derbyshireccc.com and by calling 0871 350 1870.