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Derbyshire County Cricket Club Celebrates 140 Years

PUBLISHED: 13:11 06 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 20 February 2013

Derbyshire County Cricket Club Celebrates 140 Years

Derbyshire County Cricket Club Celebrates 140 Years

Derbyshire County Cricket Club celebrated its 140th anniversary by holding a Cricket Festival at the County Ground during July.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club celebrated its 140th anniversary by holding a Cricket Festival at the County Ground during July. In 1870, the year Charles Dickens died, Derbyshire County Cricket Club was born. Many changes in life and cricket have subsequently followed.


The Festival gave spectators a chance to see four different forms of cricket being played. The opening game, a Womens One Day International saw England beat New Zealand in a forty over-a-side game.


Two Twenty20 games, the shortest version of cricket (twenty overs per side per innings), saw Derbyshire Falcons lose to Northamptonshire Steelbacks and then to Yorkshire Carnegie. Unfortunately, the hosts again lost in a forty over-a-side game in the Clydesdale Bank competition against visitors Gloucestershire Gladiators. The final day of the Festival took in the first days play of the four day Liverpool Victoria county championship match between Derbyshire and Worcestershire which ended in a draw.


As well as promoting cricket the Festival offered the Club a wider opportunity to extend its influence within the local community, a popular concept these days! The club has developed partnerships with Derby Cathedral, the Cathedral Quarter, Marketing Derby, Derby City Council, the University of Derby, Derby LIVE and Tourist Information Centres and they were all invited to participate in the Festival. DCCC Chairman Don Amott and his wife Mary hosted a major event to raise money for Derby Hospitals Charity, the clubs official Charity Partner.


The Derbyshire team uses the name Falcons when it plays One Day games, which relates to the Peregrine Falcons nesting in Derby cathedral. A falconry display was one of many special features put on during the festival. Other attractions included a craft tent, clowns on stilts, a brass band and games for children. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also installed its Cricket Factory, providing a chance to practise batting, bowling, throwing and catching.


One of the significant changes over the years has been to the traditional rhythm of the cricket season with four- rather than three-day county championship games; the introduction in the 1960s of the Sunday afternoon league of 40 overs per innings which then led to the 50 over format and the Cricket World Cup; and more recently Twenty Twenty cricket took the game by storm. Test matches now fit around the one day game and often more than one touring side visits in a season.


One wonders what tales will be told in 140 years time. I suspect, the world will again be a very different place. In the meantime let us hope Derbyshire Cricket Club will be able to celebrate its 150th anniversary in ten years time in real style.


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