Witnessed first-hand the passion for cricket in High Peak

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INTRODUCING the Buxton Advertiser’s exclusive insight into behind the scenes at the County Ground, Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Media and Marketing Executive Nathan Fearn gives us his views throughout the season. Catch his fortnightly articles in the Advertiser.

My trip to Whaley Bridge last Tuesday evening was my first to the area.

The reason for the visit was that I, along with CEO Keith Loring and Head of Media and Marketing Tom Holdcroft, were delighted to be speaking at the High Peak Cricket Society.

Derbyshire has traditionally been able to rely on loyal support from around the county, with the enthusiasm for cricket in Buxton and the High Peak well known.

This was in evidence as we were welcomed by a healthy crowd, and it was a pleasure to speak about Derbyshire cricket to likeminded people. Certainly as we made our way out of Whaley Bridge Bowling Club, I was pleased to have witnessed first-hand the passion for cricket in the area.

Such support from further-afield is not lost on the club. The County has worked hard to ensure cricket at Derbyshire is accessible for supporters throughout the region, with discounts on membership for those living 20+ and 35+ miles from The County Ground; the latter category including free car parking.

What’s certain is that, irrespective of where you follow Derbyshire from, no supporter can be anything but impressed with the start Karl Krikken’s young side have made to the 2012 campaign.

Resounding victories over Northants at home and latterly a stunning win over Glamorgan in Cardiff by 130 runs has hopefully set the foundations for what looks to be both an intriguing and exciting summer of cricket.

Nathan Fearn