County’s show of support

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DERBYSHIRE CCC is offering Bombardier staff free entry to the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Worcestershire Royals on Thursday, August 4.

Staff from the troubled Derby-based manufacturers – which has recently been hit by the lucrative Thameslink contract being awarded to German company Siemens – will be admitted to the ground simply by showing their staff card or pay slip on the gate.

Bombardier spokesman Neil Harvey said: “We are extremely grateful to Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the generosity of this gesture.

“This couldn’t come at a better time for our team and it is a great opportunity for a large number of our staff to come together for an enjoyable evening at the cricket as we aim to boost morale at this difficult and uncertain time.”

Derbyshire chief executive Keith Loring added: “As a premier professional sports club within the area, we feel it is important to show our support both for the local economy and for the many individuals who have been affected by the recent decision.

“We hope this offer for the Derbyshire Falcons v Worcestershire Royals fixture brings Bombardier staff together for an enjoyable night out which helps, in some small way, to put a smile on faces at this testing time.

“The match will be televised live on SKY Sports with the presence of the big screen and the drama of action replays always making for a great atmosphere.

“The team is very much in the hunt for semi-final qualification, currently occupying third position, one point behind leaders Sussex Sharks; all the more reason for a big crowd to turn out in support of Derbyshire.”

Derbyshire Falcons v Worcestershire Royals is a floodlit 40 over fixture starting a 4.40pm with a scheduled finish of approximately 9.45pm.