Exciting summer of cricket in store

WITH Christmas and New Year out of the way for another year, cricket fans’ thoughts now turn tentatively to April and the eagerly-awaited start of the new season.

The 2012 fixtures have revealed that Derbyshire, and their recently installed captain Wayne Madsen, will face Yorkshire in five days of local derby cricket at Chesterfield in July.

After starting the six-day festival at Queen’s Park with a match against the Unicorns on Sunday, July 15, Derbyshire, who returned to the nets yesterday (Wednesday) after their Christmas and New Year break, will start a four day LV = County Championship match against old rivals Yorkshire on Wednesday, July 18, and this will be followed by a Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture against the same opposition on the following Sunday.

Derbyshire’s LV = County Championship campaign will get underway with the visit of Northamptonshire, starting Thursday, April 5.

The traditional Friends Life t20 clash versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws will take place on Friday, July 6.

The visit of Leicestershire Foxes will take place on the previous Friday, June 29.

As well as the previously announced two-day match versus the touring South Africans – Graeme Smith’s men will be looking to knock England off their perch as number one ranked test side in the world – on Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, Derbyshire will play Australia A in a three-day fixture to be held during the weekend of July 27-29.

Derbyshire CCC’s chief executive Keith Loring said: “A four-day match against Yorkshire will capture the imagination of the public in Chesterfield and its surrounding area.

“And we are delighted to have secured the Friends Life t20 match against Nottinghamshire Outlaws for a Friday night following the conclusion of the Football European Championships.”