Cricket: Derby clash tickets selling fast

Derbyshire Cricket Club.
Derbyshire Cricket Club.

Friday’s hotly anticipated NatWest T20 Blast derby clash between Derbyshire Falcons and Nottinghamshire Outlaws is proving once again to be the hottest ticket in town.

Falcons fans are flocking to the 3aa County Ground as ticket sales are selling 17 per cent faster than at this stage last season when the match was heading for a 4,999 sell-out.

Such is the interest from supporters of both county sides that host team, Derbyshire, has urged spectators to make sure of their ticket by purchasing in advance of Friday’s 7pm start.

DCCC chief executive Simon Storey said: “The buzz created by last year’s sell-out has brought a real sense of excitement about this season‘s fixture.

“With local rivalry, plenty of entertainment and hopefully some sunshine, it should be a great NatWest T20 Blast Friday night out.

“My advice, however, is to plan ahead and purchase tickets now to make the most of the advance ticket discount – and arrive early avoid potential queues on the night.”

Last year’s encounter proved to be a sell-out.

After stuttering to 115-9, largely thanks to Wayne Madsen’s 36 and late bursts from David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald, Falcons faced an uphill task to prevent a batting-heavy Outlaws side from claiming a win.

And the challenge proved to be mission impossible after Michael Lumb’s 49 for Outlaws put them in the driving seat for David Hussey and Samit Patel to secure a six wicket win for the visitors with more than two overs remaining.

The price of tickets in advance is £14 adults, £4 juniors or £32 for a family of four and can be bought from the ticket hotline, 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday, on 0871 350 1870.