Derbyshire County Cricket Club are heading back to the Staffordshire Moorlands after a gap of nine years.
The club’s Second XI will take on Glamorgan at Leek Cricket Club on Tuesday 16 June in what will be Staffordshire’s first taste of Derbyshire cricket since a match at Cheadle in 2000.
The Second XI are also heading for three days in the very north of Derbyshire when they take on Scotland at the North Road Ground in Glossop, starting on Tuesday 14th July.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s affiliation with Leek Cricket Club dates back to 1986 when a John Player League match against Warwickshire was played at Highfield.
Further matches followed in 1989 and 1992 and an attempted Second XI Trophy match was abandoned due to the weather in 1993.
Derbyshire played first-class cricket at Glossop Cricket Club as far back as 1899, with the last game of that standard coming 11 years later in 1910.
Since then, North Road has been granted regular Second XI Trophy matches but in 2009 it will host its first three day Second XI game.
Home Second XI matches are also being played at Denby Cricket Club, Belper Meadows Cricket Club and Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club as well as three Championship matches and a one-day encounter at the County Ground, Derby.
Derbyshire Head of Cricket John Morris said: “The Second XI is an excellent way of spreading the word far and wide around the county of Derbyshire and beyond.
“We want to develop strong relationships with clubs around the county and to make county cricket accessible to more people. The Second XI is an excellent vehicle for both of these things.”
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