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Matchday Guide: Falcons vs Bears

Wednesday 25th May 2022
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Please note the below information applies to the Vitality Blast fixture versus Birmingham Bears (27 May) only. For the latest Matchday Guide, which will be edited ahead of each home fixture, please visit: Matchday Guide

Matchday Guide: Derbyshire Falcons vs Birmingham Bears

Derbyshire Falcons begin their Vitality Blast campaign against Birmingham Bears at The Incora County Ground on Friday 27 May; 7pm start.

If you are joining us for this fixture, please read the information below which will ensure that your visit is safe, enjoyable and comfortable.

If you have any questions ahead of your visit to The Incora County Ground, please email [email protected]. All ground regulations are subject to change. Thank you for your support.


Matchday Information

Derbyshire Falcons vs Birmingham Bears
Vitality Blast North Group
Friday 27 May; 7pm start
The Incora County Ground, Derby

Gates Open: 120 minutes before the scheduled start of play
Interval: 8.15pm approx.
Close: 9.45pm approx.


Tickets – Buy in Advance to Save

Tickets for all of Derbyshire’s home Vitality Blast group stage matches are on sale now, with supporters able to save over 20% when buying in advance.

Join us for this fixture from just £18 for Adults, £4 for Juniors and £7 for Students, when buying in advance.

The deadline for advanced purchases is 11.59pm the day before the fixture.

Car Parking is also on sale, priced at £8 in advance and £10 on the day.

A season-long Car Park Pass can be purchased online for just £85. Click HERE to buy a Car Park Pass.

Please note that Membership card & ticket scanners will be in operation at ALL gates. All pay gates will be card/contactless payment only. No cash payments.

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Blast Pass

Never miss a moment of Twenty20 action in Derbyshire this summer with a Blast Pass!

That’s entry to all 7 of Derbyshire’s home group stage matches, including the ever-popular clash with Yorkshire Vikings at Chesterfield and the East Midlands Derby against Notts Outlaws at The Incora County Ground.

Plus, for 2022 watch the world’s best T20 players as India travel to Derby for a one-off T20 on Friday 1 July.

That’s 8 T20 matches for just £89, saving over 50% on match tickets.

Plus, claim a free reusable cup and matchday programme from the Club Shop.

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Ticket Sales on the Day

To avoid queues on the day, the Club encourages all spectators to buy in advance, with e-Tickets available and savings of up to 20%.

All on-the-day ticket sales will be via the Ticket Sales point as shown on the Ground Map below.

Supporters travelling by car will be required to park via the Sir Frank Whittle Road entrance and then walk to the ticket sales point.

The Incora County Ground is a cashless venue and only card/contactless methods of payment will be accepted.


Ground Access & Parking

Gates open 120 minutes before the scheduled start of play and we ask all supporters not to arrive before this time.

Hospitality guests should follow the arrival time noted in their booking information.

Ground Access by Car: Entry by car will be via Pentagon Island towards the main Incora Pavilion gates, or via Sir Frank Whittle Way if coming from north of Derby.

Ample on-site Car Parking is available and we ask supporters to arrive after the scheduled ground opening and to not queue outside the venue prior to this time.

Car Park Pass Holders: Supporters with a seasonal Car Park Pass can park in the gravel area by the Pavilion Car Park or via the overflow car park off Sir Frank Whittle Road for this fixture, as directed by stewards.

Incora Executive Members can use their Pavilion Car Park Pass to park by the main Incora Pavilion.

Other Car Parking: Supporters without a seasonal Car Park Pass can park via the overflow car park off Sir Frank Whittle Road, as directed by stewards. All pay gates will be card/contactless payment only. No cash payments.

Accessible Car Parking: Accessible Car Parking spaces are available in the Incora Pavilion car park on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ground Access by Foot/Public Transport: Pedestrians who walk to the venue or arrive by public transport can enter via the main Incora Pavilion entrance.

Pre-Purchased Ticket Scanning: Once parked, or at the venue entrance on foot, all supporters will be required to pass through a scanning checkpoint, as directed by signage and on-site stewards. This will be via the main Pavilion entrance, the Sir Frank Whittle Road car park entrance and the Racecourse car park entrance. Those who park in the Car Park off Sir Frank Whittle Way will be able to pass through the ticket scanning point on that side of the ground.

You must present your Membership card or match ticket to be scanned (club-issued printed ticket, printed e-ticket, or e-ticket displayed on a smartphone).


Seating & Viewing

Spectator Seating: The ground map to the foot of this section shows spectator seating areas, highlighted in light blue. The Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Stand (highlighted in amber) is a reserved seating area for those spectators who have specifically bought a ticket for that block.

Reserved/Unreserved Seating: The Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Zone is the only area of reserved seating in operation. All other areas of spectator seating are unreserved and we request supporters do not leave bags etc on seats in an attempt to reserve.

Disabled Access: Priority seating for supporters with accessible needs will be available on the front row of the main Falcons Stand and the East Midlands Demolition Stand. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If any supporter requires assistance with any seating arrangements, please contact your nearest steward.

Own Chairs: Supporters are not permitted to bring their own chairs for Vitality Blast fixtures at The Incora County Ground due to higher capacities and the need to keep all walkways clear.

Dogs: Supporters can bring dogs into LV= County Championship and Royal London Cup fixtures, but not Vitality Blast matches.

The Club reserves the right to close certain spectator areas dependant on weather or attendance.


Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Zone & Matchday Entertainment

The Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Zone is located between the Air IT Grandstand and the WDS Business & Media Centre (see Ground Map above) and is a reserved seating zone for spectators who have pre-purchased a reserved seat in this family zone.

Behind the seating area there will be a Giant Speed Cage, with competitions run by the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation. Test your bowling skills and set your personal best with our new game for all ages!

Or bring your own Kwik Cricket or soft ball equipment and take to the grass bank behind the Family Zone – the perfect area for mini games of cricket.

Giveaways: From Scatterblasts – your chance to catch a free Vitality Blast T-Shirt during the game – to 4/6 cards and more, there are plenty of exciting giveaways at The Incora County Ground this summer.

Player Signing Session: Collect autographs from your favourite Derbyshire players at the end of the match. Simply grab yourself a free Autograph Sheet from the giveaway bins around the ground and head to the Air IT Grandstand at the close of play.


Members Area

2022 and Life Members will be able to use the exclusive Incora Members Lounge as an indoor/balcony viewing area, while catering and bar facilities will be available. Please have your Membership Card ready to present to the steward upon entry.

Please note, the Members Lounge, as with seating around the ground, is unreserved and we kindly ask Members to not leave items unattended on seats/benches.

Incora Executive Members will have exclusive use of the Incora Executive Lounge, while the pre-order system for hot food will continue to be in operation. Executive Members have been sent an email with details of how to do this. For any issues linked to pre-ordering, please email [email protected].


Food & Drink

NEW for this year’s Vitality Blast, supporters will be able to take advantage of a new range of food and drink options at The Incora County Ground.

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!

The range of food outlets will also offer favourites such as burgers, chicken and fries, plus ice cream.

All outlets will also offer a range of tasty vegan and gluten-free options.

Member Catering: There will be no hot food served in the Incora Members’ Lounge.

The menu for Incora Executive Members will be communicated via the pre-ordering system.

Refreshments: 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, Pimms and cocktails in glasses or carafes, and soft drinks from gates opening until the close of play.

Four-pint beer jugs, subject to availability, will quench even the biggest thirst.

The club operates Challenge 25 and a responsible drinking policy. All bars offer low alcohol, or 0% beer, cider and gin.

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

Reusable Drinkware: The Club operates a Reusable Drinkware policy, details of which can be found HERE.

Spectators are permitted to bring their own refreshments to this fixture, however alcohol is not permitted.


Reception & Club Shop

Reception in The Incora Pavilion will be open to supporters wishing to purchase tickets for future fixtures/events, or to enquire about Membership.

Club Shop: The Club Shop on site at The Incora County Ground will be open from 5.30pm until the end of the interval.

Online Shop: The Club’s new Online Shop is now live at derbyshireccc.com. The shop now includes replica Vitality Blast shirts, as well as a range of other Club merchandise and the official Derbyshire County Cricket Club 150th Anniversary book.

Further stock, including a brand-new leisurewear range, will be available in the coming weeks.

Scorecards: A blank scorecard template can be downloaded for free, HERE. A teamsheet can also be collected from Reception in the Incora Pavilion from approximately 15 minutes after the toss. As part of the Club’s initiative to reduce paper waste, we encourage supporters to use the Club website for the latest score and team information via our Match Centre (details and link below).


Weather

The only covered seating zone is the East Midlands Demolition Stand.

Executive Members may use the Incora Executive Lounge, while the Incora Members Lounge will be used as an exclusive Members facility.

Supporters are encouraged to check the latest weather forecast before planning their visit and prepare accordingly. While refreshments will be available from outlets around the ground, the Club advises supporters to bring plenty of bottled water.

All official updates on play, which are provided solely by the Match Officials, will be communicated via the Club’s Twitter account HERE. You do not need to sign-up for a Twitter account to see these updates.

Check the BBC Weather forecast for Derby HERE.


Cashless Venue

Since the start of the 2021 season, Derbyshire has operated a cashless policy across all Club-managed points of sale on site – from ticket gates, to catering.

All of our catering and bar tills will accept all major debit/credit cards, as well as contactless payment options, including Apple and Android Pay.


Directions & Roadworks

The Incora County Ground is located next to the Pentagon Roundabout just off the A52.

First time to The Incora County Ground? Click HERE to view directions.

The Club encourages all visitors to plan their journey in advance and allow plenty of time to access The Incora County Ground.

Click HERE to view the latest roadwork information from Derby City Council.

Supporters can view all the latest travel news and updates around Derby online HERE.


Match Centre & Live Stream

This Vitality Blast fixture will be Live Streamed on the club website through our improved Match Centre.

With Live Streaming, in-play scorecards, ball by ball commentary, clips, statistics and so much more, you can put yourself at the heart of the action, even from the comfort of your own home.

Clips and updates will also be provided via our social media channels, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, so you never miss a moment of the action.

Match Centre

Further Information for Members

The Club has set-up a dedicated Members’ information hub on our website via the following link: cricket.derbyshireccc.com/members-hub

You will also be able to access the page under the ‘Membership’ menu on the website homepage at derbyshireccc.com.

This page will be updated throughout the summer to include the latest information on ground entry, Members’ tickets, catering and more. We kindly ask that Members visit that page in the first instance, before contacting the Club.

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