Tough test for county

The South African Test team, fresh from this week’s drawn test game with England, will do battle with Derbyshire at the County Ground, and all under 16s can attend for free.

The Proteas are Derby-bound for a two-day fixture starting on Friday (11am) as they prepare for the third and final Investec Test Match at Lord’s next week.

A batting line-up containing the likes of Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis – plus the 90 miles-per-hour firepower of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel – will pose a significant challenge for Derbyshire with both bat and ball.

And head coach Karl Krikken says Derbyshire’s developing young team are looking forward to the contest.

“Our lads are very much looking forward to testing our skills against some of the best players in the world. It will be great for our members and supporters to see such high-profile players in action at Derby, and our lads will be out to entertain what I’m sure will be a healthy crowd too.

“The England v South Africa series is capturing the imagination of the nation at the present time. It will be reaching a real crescendo by the time of the match at the County Ground and it will be great to be involved.”

The match between Derbyshire and South Africa will be played under Test match rules with an 11am start and 90 overs scheduled for each day.The team that bats first will declare at the conclusion of Day One if they haven’t been dismissed by close of play.

On the final day, if both captains accept there is no prospect of either side achieving a victory, they may agree to finish the match at the commencement of the last hour.

Entry is free for all under 16s upon the completion of a simple form at the gate. Adults can save up to £3 per ticket by purchasing in advance of the day of the game. The price of entry on the gate is £16.

South Africa start the game as the number two Test team but lead the three-match test series with England 1-0, with one test to play. If they win, they will be confirmed as the number one side in the world.