Derbyshire Take T20 Cricket Into Staffordshire
Twenty20 cricket will make its Staffordshire debut in June when Derbyshire face Warwickshire at Leek in the Friends Provident t20.
Derbyshire Falcons, who have recently announced the overseas signings of Usman Khawaja and Martin Guptill, will return to Highfield on Sunday 26th June with a 12 noon start.
There they will face a Warwickshire side who, dependent on international commitments, could field the likes of England’s Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes.
Leek was chosen for its inaugural Twenty20 fixture following a successful Clydesdale Bank 40 match between Derbyshire and Essex was hosted at the venue on May 2010.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Keith Loring explained: “Playing the fixture at Leek last season demonstrated to all concerned that our match day operation could be performed at the venue.
"The match was played in early May in what seemed like sub-zero temperatures. However, the public of Staffordshire produced an excellent response by attending in healthy numbers. They deserve this Friends Provident t20 fixture.
"It is a beautiful venue and there will doubtless be international cricketers on show. Our Head of Cricket John Morris has already said that we will need plenty of cricket balls! That says it all about the kind of entertainment we can expect.”
Leek Cricket Club Chairman Brian Mellor said: "This fixture will provide an excellent opportunity for the people of Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent to witness Twenty20 cricket close to home.
"Twenty20 has become one of the most popular spectator sports in the world and it is a great thrill that we are now looking forward to hosting such a high profile match at Highfield."
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure Mark Deaville added: “We are delighted to enter partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Leek Cricket Club and we are sincerely looking forward to hosting this exciting match.
"It is a great opportunity for our community to enjoy County Cricket at one of our local grounds and we hope this partnership will continue for years to come."
Situated 12 miles from central Stoke-on-Trent and Buxton, 15 miles from Ashbourne and 28 miles from Derby, Leek is ideally placed for an out-ground fixture.