England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards is aiming to reward Derbyshire’s supporters with a win in the NatWest Women’s Series International against New Zealand on Thursday, 15th July, which would put her side into a 2-1 lead with two games to play.
“I remember being very tired on the back of winning the ICC World Twenty20 last year,” Edwards said, referring to the Twenty20 game last year against Australia which the tourists won by 34 runs.
“But we turned up to a great crowd and had a lovely day. We didn’t put on our best display but it was certainly a fantastic occasion. We always look forward to playing at Derby, we are always well supported there and there has always been a great atmosphere at the ground.
“Hopefully, come 15th July we can come out all guns blazing and get a win for all the people who have supported us there for many years.”
England all-rounder Danielle Wyatt is a graduate of the Derbyshire Academy and she is hoping to fulfil a dream by representing her country at her former home ground.
She said: “I have been on the Derbyshire Academy for the past two winters. I have learnt a lot there and it will be great to go back and play at the ground on 15th July.
“I have never played a game at the County Ground so to play for England where I have been brought up will be great and something I have dreamed of. Most of my family will be there and it will be great to have all the coaches from Derbyshire there to see me hopefully do well.”
The match kicks off the week-long Derbyshire Festival, which also includes Twenty20, 40-over and four-day Championship cricket as Derbyshire celebrate their 140-year anniversary.
Tickets for Derbyshire Festival of Cricket – Celebrating 140 Years (sponsored by Orchid IT) matches are available online from www.derbyshireccc.com, by telephone on 01332 388 101 or in person from the Club Shop and Ticket Office Reception situated in the Gateway Centre at the County Ground, Grandstand Road, Derby, DE21 6AF.
Office opening hours are 9am until 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 1pm on Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day.
Juniors aged 0-12 on 1st January 2010 can see all Derbyshire home cricket throughout the 2010 season for FREE by becoming a member of the club for FREE.