Derbyshire To Spend Pre-Season On The Isle of Wight
Two Warm up matches at Newclose
Following confirmation of the Hampshire Twenty20 fixture on Friday 31st July 2009 Newclose County Cricket Ground are pleased to announce that Derbyshire County Cricket will be coming to the Isle of Wight to complete their pre-season preparations.
Under the guidance of former England and Derbyshire batsman John Morris the 1st team squad will be training at Newclose, the Isle of Wight Cricket Academy at Ventnor Cricket Club and will be staying at the Seaview Hotel where they will be fed and watered by Andrew Morgan and his team.
As part of their preparations Derbyshire are looking to play two twenty20 games on Friday 20th March and a forty over game on Sunday 22nd March. They are bringing a squad of 16 players to the Isle of Wight and therefore there will be an opportunity for some of the talented younger players on the Island to play against and alongside the professional players in these twenty20 games.
The forty over game will be against an Isle of Wight Cricket Board 1st XV and at the same time the non playing Derbyshire players will be available to do a coaching session with a group of youngsters selected by the coaches from the Isle of Wight age group teams.
John Morris the Derbyshire Head of Cricket recently visited the Island’s facilities with Newclose General Manager Mike Scott and Newclose Benefactor and Trustee Brian Gardener, “I was very impressed with everything that I saw. The facilities at the Isle of Wight Sports Club, The Seaview Hotel, The Isle of Wight Academy and Newclose County Cricket Ground were all excellent and ideal for us to bring the squad for our pre-season training camp”.
Mike Scott Newclose General Manager “We are very grateful to John for agreeing to bring Derbyshire to the Isle of Wight for their Pre-season camp. This is a great opportunity for cricket on the Island and a great opportunity for young cricketers on the Island to play alongside and against top professional players. At the same time we can show everyone involved in Cricket that the Isle of Wight has the facilities and the know how to become a force to be reckoned with in the world of Cricket”.