NatWest T20 Blast 2017 fixtures announced

Thursday 24th November 2016
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Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire Falcons will host more NatWest T20 Blast cricket than ever in the summer school holidays in 2017.

Five limited overs fixtures will take place at the height of summer from end of July and into August, while local NatWest T20 Blast derbies against Notts Outlaws and Yorkshire Vikings have once again be handed prime dates.

The Club is anticipating capacity crowds for both derbies, which starts with the local clash against Yorkshire Vikings on Saturday 8 July at Queen’s Park, which will bring the curtain down on the Custom Solar Chesterfield Festival of Cricket in association with Chesterfield Borough Council.

The local fixture with Notts Outlaws, which attracted almost 4,000 supporters in 2016, will take place on Friday 4 August under the lights at The 3aaa County Ground.

Tickets for Derbyshire’s home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures will go on sale in March 2017.

Click HERE to view full fixture list.

Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “With more cricket than ever in the school holidays next summer, it provides us with a unique opportunity to appeal to families to enjoy some NatWest T20 Blast cricket in 2017.

“We are always trying to attract more families and with an upgraded Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Stand and plenty of family activities planned, we believe The 3aaa County Ground will be a great family day out.

“We’re delighted that our local derbies have been given prime dates. We were close to capacity at both fixtures in 2016 and we hope that Members, supporters and local people will once again get behind our side and we can secure a double sell-out.

“The Yorkshire fixture also confirms our return to Queen’s Park next summer.

“Chesterfield Borough Council has conducted a full investigation into the waterlogged pitch issues we encountered in July and is undertaking maintenance work to fix the issues. Chesterfield is a special venue for cricket and we’re committed to returning to the beautiful Queen’s Park for years to come.”

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, added: “The Chesterfield Festival of Cricket is one of the highlights of our sporting calendar and we’re delighted that Derbyshire will be returning in 2017.

“After play was not possible last year, we conducted a thorough investigation into the issues around the waterlogged outfield.

“Whilst the level of rain was exceptional in 2016, we’ve identified areas of the drainage system that can be improved that will minimise any risk of a similar problem occurring again.

“Work will be ongoing during the winter period and more frequent and improved on-going inspections and maintenance will take place throughout the year and, in particular, in the run-up to the festival.

“We once again look forward to hosting the week-long event and welcoming people to our town, with the economic benefits that brings.

“The festival also provides the opportunity for hundreds of local school children to watch top-class cricket right on their doorstep and we hope it can inspire many to live active and healthy lives.”

NatWest T20 Blast Home Fixtures

Yorkshire Vikings
Saturday 8 July – Queen’s Park, Chesterfield

Lancashire Lighting
Tuesday 25 July – The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Northants Steelbacks
Friday 28 July – The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Leicestershire Foxes
Sunday 30 July – The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Notts Outlaws
Friday 4 August – The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Durham Jets
Tuesday 15 August – The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Worcestershire Rapids
Friday 18 August – The 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Tickets for Derbyshire’s home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures will go on sale in March 2017. More details to be announced in due course.

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