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Derbyshire CCC to celebrate 150th Anniversary in 2021

Derbyshire CCC to celebrate 150th Anniversary in 2021
Derbyshire CCC to celebrate 150th Anniversary in 2021

Derbyshire County Cricket Club will continue its 150-year celebrations into the summer of 2021, following the club’s official anniversary today.

The celebrations, which will include new events as well as those postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will focus on the club’s rich heritage across the county since its formation by Walter Boden on 4 November 1870.

Derbyshire’s first match, which began on 26 May 1871, will be marked 150 years on and the squad will wear the 150th Anniversary logo on their kit throughout the County Championship campaign next summer.

The club continues to plan for a number of special events at the Incora County Ground and across the county including a commemorative fixture, a gala dinner and a service at Derby Cathedral, while further digital initiatives, such as online Members’ events with former players are also planned.

Chief Executive, Ryan Duckett, said: “Our Members and supporters are at the heart of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and they have continued to show their loyal support throughout a challenging 2020.

“While we are pleased to be able to mark the formation date of the club on 4 November with a pictorial book – the definitive written history of the club – we wanted to be able to celebrate this landmark with a variety of events. This included a celebratory dinner scheduled for this evening featuring some of the legendary players that have played for the club over the years. Sadly we have been unable to do that along with a number of events that have been postponed due to government restrictions.

“Whilst frustrating we are still hopeful of having some great events to mark our 150th year over the next 12 months. We’re continuing to plan for a commemorative fixture among other events, and although these will be dependent on the government guidelines at the time, we will also add in digital panel events and opportunities to hear from former players, the likes of which have been well-received by supporters this summer.”