Off the Mark: Fireworks, season review and more…

Monday 21st October 2019
& News
Written by Stephen Martin

Get off the mark this week with quick-fire stories to keep you up to date with the latest news from Derbyshire.

The biggest fireworks display in Derby is less than two weeks away, Luis Reece reviews the 2019 season, and a quartet of players have begun their winter preparations abroad.

Fireworks and Fun Fair: less than two weeks to go

There is less than two weeks to go until the biggest fireworks display in Derby returns to The Pattonair County Ground.

For the fourth-straight year, Derbyshire will play host to a spectacular pyrotechnic display to light up the winter sky on Sunday 3 November.

With everything from a fun fair suitable for the whole family, to on-stage entertainment from Smooth Radio’s Gareth Evans and Darley Dance, there’s something for everyone.

Gates open at 4pm, with the fireworks display taking place from 7pm, with a variety of food, fun and entertainment on offer throughout the evening.

Adult tickets start from just £5, or why not enjoy a family night out with our family ticket (two adults, two children) for just £12.

Buy in advance and save.


In advance
Purchased before midnight on Sat 2 Nov
On the night
Adults £5 £7
Juniors (under 12s) £3 £3
Under 3s Free Free
Family Tickets
(two adults, two juniors)
£12 £15

Please note; there is a £2 booking fee per order for all online or sales over the phone to cover admin and postage costs.

Reece on the 2019 season

Luis Reece believes that the success of Derbyshire’s 2019 will be defined by how the squad build on it moving forward.

Having played a key role across all three formats, Reece says that the standout performance of reaching the Vitality Blast Finals Day does not mask disappointing showings in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup.

However, after the emergence of a number of young players in the first team, and a host of brilliant individual performances throughout 2019, Reece feels that the way Derbyshire build on the foundations laid this year will determine just how successful the season was for the club.

“It’s been a year of near-misses, really,” Reece said.

“Getting to Finals Day was great, but at the end of the day we lost in the semi-final. In the County Championship, if we are being brutally honest, we have to be disappointed that we didn’t push for promotion.

“We played some good cricket, and picked up some good results along the way. but there is room for progress and improvement.

“Going into this winter, there are areas we can improve on and hopefully we can implement them next year and go one step further. Ultimately, the goal has got to be silverware, it doesn’t matter what personal accolades people achieve, it is all about winning for Derbyshire.”

Derbyshire quartet head abroad

Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Mattie McKiernan, Luis Reece and Matt Critchley have all begun winter preparations with their respective clubs in Australia and New Zealand.

Luis Reece has taken up the roles of captain and Assistant Head Coach with Gosnells CC, while Critchley has joined Fairfield Liverpool CC. McKiernan completes the trio in Australia, playing for South Hobart Sandy Bay CC.

Hudson-Prentice is the sole player of the four to have gone to New Zealand, where he is playing for Lancaster Park CC.

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