Off the Mark: Record surplus, Festival of Cricket and more...

Monday 16th March 2020
& News
Written by Stephen Martin
Photography by: David Griffin

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

Luis Reece is aiming for Vitality Blast success, Derbyshire have achieved a club-record surplus for 2019, and BRM Solicitors will continue their support of the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.

Reece targeting Vitality Blast success

Luis Reece believes the Derbyshire squad is confident in their ability and will be aiming for Vitality Blast success this season.

The Falcons reached Finals Day for the first time last season, having won seven North Group matches and a quarter-final against Gloucestershire in Bristol.

Only three sides have won more Vitality Blast group matches than Derbyshire in the last three seasons, while Ravi Rampaul finished as the competition’s leading wicket-taker in 2019.

Having reached Finals Day last season, Reece says the squad are eager to do so again, and believe in their ability to challenge for the trophy.

“I think the confidence that has been instilled into the group, means that the players are well aware of the ability that we have,” Reece said.

“We have confidence in each other’s roles, we trust each other and we approach every game the same. We play our way, we execute our skills and we know that if do what we set out to do, then more often than not, we will come away with a win.

“I think we have shown over the last few years that, at our best, we are a very tough team to beat and I think if we keep going in that direction and improve, it can only help us.

“We always want to be around those qualification spots. It was Derbyshire’s first Finals Day last year, but hopefully it’s the first of many.”

Derbyshire achieve record surplus in 2019

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has recorded a club-record surplus of £402,000 for the financial year ending December 2019.

The figure, which is the highest posted by the club in its history, was driven by higher ECB receipts; prize money from the Vitality Blast; an increase in ticket revenue; and improved cost management.

The club’s run to Finals Day in the Vitality Blast led to an additional £57,000, while record Twenty20 crowds and the Aston Lark Tourist Fixture against Australia generated a £91,000 increase in ticket revenue compared to 2018, with Membership revenue also increasing by £20,000.

BRM Solicitors continue support of Chesterfield Festival of Cricket

BRM Solicitors will continue their support of the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket in 2020.

The leading law firm, with offices in Chesterfield and Sheffield, will sponsor the popular week-long festival for a second-successive year.

BRM Solicitors continue the naming rights of the BRM Solicitors Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, after first becoming involved in the annual event in 2013.

First-class cricket returns to Queen’s Park on Sunday 14 June, beginning with the County Championship four-day fixture against Worcestershire.

Derbyshire Falcons then bring explosive Vitality Blast action to Chesterfield on Saturday 20 June, when they host Yorkshire Vikings in a fixture which has entertained capacity crowds at the picturesque ground for the previous three seasons.

The week will conclude on a musical note, with stars of London’s West End performing An Evening of ABBA on Sunday 21 June – a first for the festival and an opportunity to engage the wider Chesterfield community.

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