Tuesday 10 June 2008 

Rikki Clarke Issues Derbyshire Twenty20 Rallying Call

Derbyshire skipper Rikki Clarke is urging supporters to turn out in force and create a good atmosphere as the Phantoms play their first home match of the competition against Lancashire Lightning at the County Ground on Friday, 7pm.

Clarke’s men are unbeaten at home in all competitions so far this season and the 26-year-old believes that the supporters can have a real part to play as his young team strive for success.

“The Twenty20 Cup is always an exciting time of year and – although winning matches in the competition is a very serious business – the players also enjoy the razzmatazz, the music, the big crowds and the fun factor that the competition brings.

“The results we have achieved in-front of our home crowd have been excellent so far this season and we now want to keep that going when the ground is at its fullest for Twenty20 cricket.

“When you come out to play in-front of a large expectant crowd and you know that most of them are on your side it inspires you, so I hope that the people of Derbyshire come out in force.

“We are a young, enthusiastic side and we are playing some good cricket this year – plus there is some very good Twenty20 pedigree in the team. My message is, come and watch us play cricket.”

The gates will open at 4pm with the action getting underway three hours later as the Phantoms aim for their second limited-overs victory over the Lightning this season following the 100-run triumph at the County Ground in May.

Supporters can save money by purchasing their tickets in advance – from the Club Shop on the Gateway Centre side of the County Ground - for £11 adults and £6 children. Admission on the day of the game will be priced at £14 adults and £7 children.

Clarke also revealed that he and his team are brimming with excitement ahead of Queen’s Park, Chesterfield’s inaugural Twenty20 Cup match on this coming Sunday, 15th June, 2.30pm start.

The England all-rounder led his side to victory at the picturesque venue in an LV County Championship match against Worcestershire last week and he can’t wait to return to the scene of that triumph when Yorkshire Carnegie come to town.

“Queen’s Park is without doubt one of the most attractive venues in world cricket and myself - along with all of the players - love playing there,” Clarke commented.

“It is a venue with a great cricketing tradition, the locals are friendly and extremely enthusiastic about the game and Chesterfield deserves to host this big occasion.

“Being so close to the Yorkshire border, our visitors should also be backed by a sizeable following and I expect there to be a great atmosphere around the ground.

“With a good surface, a fast outfield and short boundaries, Queen’s Park is an ideal venue for Twenty20 cricket and - with two strong sides going head-to-head – this is a match not to be missed.

The Phantoms have enjoyed record advanced-sales for the fixture and the ground is set to push its 5,000 capacity very close for the Club’s most eagerly anticipated fixture in years.

A limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the game, although supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible after the gates open at 11am.

Priced at £14 adults and £7 children, tickets can be purchased in advance from the Derbyshire Club Shop on the Gateway Centre side of the County Ground, Derby, or Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre until 2pm on Saturday 14th June.

Over 2,000 chairs will be available at the ground but supporters are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Catering will be available in the custom-built marquee on the Pavilion End side of the ground as well as from various outlets around the ground.

In line with current ECB policy for Twenty20 cricket, supporters will not be permitted to take their own alcohol into the ground.

Members who have collected their match tickets must bring both their ticket and their membership card to the ground in order to gain entry.

Any Members who wish to attend but have not yet claimed their ticket must do so from the Club Shop before 2pm on Saturday.

© Derbyshire CCC