Derbyshire County Cricket Club will take part in next season’s Derbyshire Premier Cup following the decision by the Derbyshire Premier League to grant the club entry in to the competition in 2011.
The format of the 50 over per side competition will see six groups of three compete, with the winning team from each group, plus the two best runners up, qualifying through to the Quarter Final stages.
The club will use the tournament to continue the development of its young cricketers, including academy players, those on summer contracts as well as young members of the first team squad.
Derbyshire Premier League Chairman Clive Harris said: ‘‘Like most connected with local cricket, we are keen to develop closer ties with County Cricket and this is a perfect way of achieving that. We are delighted to welcome Derbyshire aboard.’’
Head of Cricket John Morris added: ‘‘We are grateful to the Derbyshire Premier League for allowing us this opportunity to take part in their competition.
‘‘Playing knockout limited overs cricket in a competitive environment will be an excellent experience for our young cricketers as we aim to prepare them for professional cricket in the future.’’