Off the Mark: Hosein, Blast Pass and more
Get off the mark this week with quick-fire stories to keep you up to date with the latest news from Derbyshire.
Harvey Hosein is targeting success in 2020, see all home Vitality Blast group-stage cricket for just £89 and Derbyshire sign two Australia internationals.
Hosein says Derbyshire won’t fear anyone in 2020
Harvey Hosein wants Derbyshire to take the momentum from their 2019 Vitality Blast campaign into all formats in the 2020 season.
Hosein enjoyed a strong season as first-choice wicketkeeper in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup, scoring five half-centuries.
He did not feature in the Vitality Blast as Derbyshire reached their maiden Finals Day, after winning seven group matches and a quarter-final against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Despite not playing an on-field role during the Twenty20 campaign, Hosein says that the success gave a confidence boost to the entire squad, something that he wants them to build on in all formats.
“The Vitality Blast campaign gave us the confidence and belief that we can compete with the very best,” Hosein said.
“We got down to the final four teams in that competition, and I see no reason that we can’t push for that kind of success in all formats next season.
“It’s a big confidence boost for everyone, the side got to Finals Day and it almost puts you on the map and reminds everyone that we are contenders and want to be pushing hard in all competitions.”
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The 2019 campaign saw two home sell-outs, including the first for an East Midlands Derby since 2013, while average attendances were up by almost 20%. Buying a Vitality Blast pass now will secure your place at every group game next summer.
You will be able to see every ball as the most explosive form of cricket returns to Derbyshire in 2020 for just £89, a saving of over 30%.
The Falcons will be aiming to reach a second-consecutive Finals Day, after making their maiden appearance at the Edgbaston showpiece in 2019.
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As well as all home group Vitality Blast matches at both The Pattonair County Ground and Queen’s Park, you will also get priority access to tickets for knockout round matches.
On top of that, Vitality Blast Pass holders will also receive a FREE Derbyshire reusable cup and a FREE T20 programme, containing all the information you need for the competition.
Derbyshire sign Australia duo
Derbyshire have bolstered their squad for the 2020 season, with the signing of fast bowler Sean Abbott and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben McDermott.
Abbott, 27, will be available for up to ten Specsavers County Championship matches, as well as the Vitality Blast group stage, while McDermott will also feature in the Twenty20 competition, as well as the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Since making his List A debut in 2014, McDermott has played in 19 matches and scored 927 runs at an average of 54.64, with a high-score of 117 against Queensland in 2018.
Abbott has claimed 137 wickets in 50 red-ball matches at an average of 33.10, including 37 in the 2018-19 Sheffield Shield at an average 22.29, including six in the final against eventual winners, Victoria.
McDermott has played in 12 T20s for Australia, while Abbott has featured in four T20s and one ODI for the national side, with both playing in the recent series against Pakistan.
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