History Makers. West Indies in Derby for first ever home day/night first-class game.
Derbyshire will host its first ever day/night first-class game when West Indies visit The 3aaa County Ground, from Friday 11 August, in the Bell & Co Tour Match.
The ECB announced that the three-day first-class fixture will be played under floodlights with a pink ball.
It will be the first floodlight first-class game in Derby, with the Test match at Edgbaston the following week also set to make history becoming the first day/night Test in the UK.
Subject to final confirmation with ICC, the hours of play will be 2pm to 9pm. Pink balls made by Dukes will be used and the players will wear traditional white first-class clothing.
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Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “We’re delighted to be asked to host this landmark fixture and supporting an innovative and exciting development for the game.
“It will be a great opportunity for cricket fans across Derbyshire and the East Midlands, who might have never watched a first-class fixture before, to enjoy a night of pink-ball cricket at the height of summer.”
George Mighty, Chairman of Derby West Indian Community Association, added: “We’re delighted that the touring West Indies side will be visiting Derby next summer for what sets to be a terrific occasion for the local community.
“The day/night game is an innovative step for the game of cricket, but offers many local people a greater opportunity to watch the international side on their doorstep. We hope it can bring the community closer together as we celebrate this historic game at The 3aaa County Ground.”
Bell & Co Managing Director, Richard Salt said: “The visit of the West Indies is an exciting game for Derbyshire’s players, supporters and the city.
“The Bell & Co Tour match is becoming a known calendar event and one we are really proud to be associated with. Our Club is an example to others of its profile countrywide in the way it is run and we are delighted that our partnership increases year on year.”
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