On Friday evening, Derbyshire Falcons and Notts Outlaws will renew one of the Vitality Blast’s fiercest rivalries, with old scores to be settled and bragging rights on the line after last year’s dramatic conclusion.
In 2021, the game at The Incora County Ground went down to the very last ball as both sides fought hard to the end, with the match ending in a thrilling tie – and this year’s encounter promises the same level of drama and intrigue.
With two former international coaches leading the sides, in Mickey Arthur and Peter Moores, this fixture is star-studded from the coaching staff into the playing squads! Captain Shan Masood will be looking to guide his team to victory on home soil, while Notts’ Dan Christian will need to call on his experienced squad to hold off the pressure of a capacity crowd at Derby!
So what can you expect from this blockbuster T20 clash?
T20 is a game where anything can happen, last season’s tie was a prime example of just how unpredictable this format can be. With world-class overseas talent on show, along with a who’s who of county cricket’s top performers, the East Midlands Derby is not one to miss.
Shan Masood, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy and Luis Reece all have the potential to smash the ball onto the streets of Derby, while bowlers George Scrimshaw and Sam Conners will be looking to add further to their impressive records. All-rounder, Hayden Kerr, is one of the Big Bash’s biggest stars, and he’ll be looking to bring some Aussie heat to the Notts batters.
The visitors also boast a formidable squad, with Alex Hales and Ben Duckett having earned England honours, while the evergreen Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney always have the potential to be dangerous with bat and ball.
The Incora County Ground has a whole new range of food and drinks for the 2022 Vitality Blast! These include:
The Wood-Fired Pizza Shack will serve classics such as margarita and pepperoni, as well as innovative takes on much-loved Italian food. Masala Express, who also cater at Wolverhampton Wanderers for Premier League football matches, will provide a sizzling selection of Indian dishes, including curries, samosas, masala chips, wraps and more!
T20 Cricket food staples: burgers, hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be available from catering outlets around The Incora County Ground, and supporters will be able to enjoy savoury snacks from local company JustCrisps from the Falcons and Boundary Bars.
All outlets will also offer a range of tasty vegan and gluten-free options.
For Vitality Blast matches, extra catering and pop-up bar facilities will be available, serving a range of draught beers and ciders, bottled beers, wines, prosecco and soft drinks from gates opening, until the close of play.
Four-pint beer jugs are available, to quench even the biggest thirst. The Club’s alcohol-free seating section during Vitality Blast matches is located at one side of the Air IT Grandstand, nearest the Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Zone.
For the first time, families who book in advance will be able to reserve seats in the Showcase Cinema de lux Family Stand
There’s limited Family Zone availability for all Vitality Blast at The Incora County Ground, while all reserved seating tickets have now sold out for the India T20 fixture on Friday 1 July.
The Family Zone will feature a number of fun activities, such as a speed cage, training drills run by the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation and so much more.
To secure a seat at The Incora County Ground, simply select the ‘Family Zone’ option within your chosen fixture and click on your preferred seats. Please note that the Family Zone is only for ticket-buyers or Members with at least one junior in their group.
Tickets still remain in the zone for this week’s fixture, so book now to reserve your seats!
At the end of each Derbyshire Falcons home fixture at The Incora County Ground, the players will meet supporters, take pictures and sign autographs.
This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with your Falcons heroes, and create memories that will last long after the final ball has been bowled.
Whether you want to get the autograph of Pakistan opener, Shan Masood, or grab a selfie with a Club legend like Wayne Madsen, at Vitality Blast fixture at Derby is the best time!
Vitality Blast 2022 – Tickets on sale now!
Tickets for all of Derbyshire’s Vitality Blast fixtures are on sale now.
After a dramatic episode in 2021, the East Midlands Derby against Notts Outlaws returns on Friday 3 June, while the Falcons will be aiming to extend their Vitality Blast winning streak at Queen’s Park to four matches, when they take on Yorkshire Vikings to close out the BRM Solicitors Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, on Saturday 18 June.