Friday 23 May 2008 

Derbyshire Prepare For Important Weekend Of Action

Derbyshire Phantoms take on Yorkshire Carnegie at the County Ground on Sunday aiming to cement their position at the summit of their Friends Provident Trophy group.

The Phantoms rose to the top of the Northern Division with a 100-run victory over Lancashire Lightning last night and a follow-up victory over Yorkshire on Sunday would be a giant step towards the quarter-finals. Play at the County Ground begins at 11am.

John Morris’s new look side have three matches remaining in the competition and – sitting top of the group with seven points from five games – they know that two wins will be enough to secure them a quarter-final tie.

Sunday’s Yorkshire showdown is followed by a Bank Holiday Monday trip to Durham the following day before the campaign concludes with a match against the Scottish Saltires in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Four of the five teams in the group remain in contention for the all important top two with only the Scots out of the race having lost four of their five games so far.

Lancashire need to win their final game against Yorkshire to stand any chance of progressing and Durham, with two games left against Scotland and Derbyshire, will need to win both.

Yorkshire, like the Phantoms, have three games left and can afford to slip up no more than once to be sure of a place in the last eight.

Derbyshire opener Stephen Stubbings – who won the umpires’ adjudication of Printability 2000 Ltd Player of the Match for his unbeaten 95 in the victory over Lancashire - admits that the Phantoms are full of confidence ahead of the Yorkshire showdown.

“We are playing some great cricket in this competition and we are building momentum and belief.

“Any thoughts that Derbyshire are a struggling team have been extinguished and we are really competitive with everything that we do.

“Against Yorkshire we will look to continue the form we have shown in three great victories over Durham, Scotland and Lancashire and hopefully we can get another great win.”

Tickets purchased in advance ensure a discounted price of £11 adults and £6 juniors and they can be purchased online up until 9pm tonight or from the Club Shop – situated on the Gateway Centre side of the County Ground – up until 2pm tomorrow afternoon.

The County Ground gates will open at 9am and admission on the gate is priced at £14 adults, £7 juniors.

The Lund Pavilion Members’ enclosure is open to all members of both Derbyshire and Yorkshire and hot food will be served from 12.30pm.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s official publication, Night Watchman Magazine, will be on sale from entrance points and from the Club Shop priced at £3.50.

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