Derbyshire County Cricket Club will host a Twenty20 match between Ireland and New Zealand, at the County Ground, next Wednesday (May 27).
This match, which starts at 2pm, will give crucial preparation to both teams ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 competition as well as raising the curtain on an exciting period of Twenty20 cricket for the host county. It is the first of seven Twenty20 matches in Derbyshire this summer, including a Friday night visit from Nottinghamshire Outlaws on May 29, a Sunday afternoon showpiece at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, against Yorkshire Carnegie two days later and a televised double-header consisting of an England v Australia Women’s International, followed by the Phantoms v Lancashire Lightning on Thursday, June 25.
Fans will have the opportunity of seeing world international stars such as Brendan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Jessie Ryder and Daniel Vettori in action at next week’s match as well as being able to check on the progress of an Ireland side which stunned the world in 2007 by qualifying for the Super Eight stage of the World Cup.
Keith Loring, Derbyshire chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming two international teams to the County Ground for what will be an excellent way to begin a period packed with Twenty20 cricket in Derbyshire.
“The ever popular Twenty20 Cup will remain the focus, however the two extra matches will ensure that our supporters’ appetites for the most popular form of the game can be well and truly whetted ahead of a bumper year in 2010 with the arrival of the P20 League.”
• For more information and tickets visit www.derbyshireccc.com or call 01332 388101.