Friday 20 March 2009 

Derbyshire Open Up Season On Isle Of Wight

After playing on the Newclose square for three hours yesterday afternoon the Derbyshire players and coaches are looking forward to their first competitive cricket of the season at Newclose County Cricket Ground today.

John Morris Derbyshire CCC Head of Cricket "The facilities at Newclose are magnificent. All the players have been hugely impressed with what they have seen at Newclose. We played on the square for three hours yesterday and it was excellent".

Today sees Derbyshire play two twenty20 games at Newclose alongside some of the best young cricketing talent on the Isle of Wight.

The sixteen man squad led by former England batsman John Morris will play two twenty20 games supplemented by thirteen of the Isle of Wight leading youngsters from the Isle of Wight Cricket Board U21 squad.

On Sunday 22nd March Derbyshire will then play a 40 over's game starting at 11am against the Isle of Wight Cricket Board senior team led by their captain Danny Bishop.

Derbyshire Head of Cricket John Morris "These two days cricket on the Isle of Wight are very important to Derbyshire in terms of our preparation for the season, and at the same time it is a great opportunity for us to promote cricket on the island and to help in the development of the younger players".

Tickets will be on sale on the gate on both days and will be £5 per person (U16's free) for the General Public. Members of the 'Friends on Newclose County Cricket Ground' will be allowed free entry on production of their Newclose Membership cards.

Mike Scott Newclose General Manager "We believe that this is a very exciting time for Cricket on the Isle of Wight. It will be tremendous to see the U21's playing against and alongside the professional players from Derbyshire and at the same time I am delighted that the Isle of Wight senior team have agreed to take on the challenge of playing Derbyshire in the 40 over's fixture".