Mood good in Derbyshire CCC camp as season opener draws near

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Derbyshire CCC Graeme Welch says there is a great mood in his camp as the start of the 2015 campaign closes in.

Welch’s men begin their LV= County Championship season on 19th April at home to Lancashire.

“Opposing teams don’t generally like coming to Derby,” Welch said.

“It nibbles about when it’s overcast, and last year we hit on a bit of a formula which seemed to work for us. We ended up winning five of our last six championship games, and hopefully we can catch these big teams on the hop.

“When I came in last year the main focus was on the Championship, and trying to get back up to Division One.

“This year the remit is to do better in the NatWest T20 Blast – and this is something we have been working hard on over the winter.

“We’ll have different personnel this year with an overseas batter, in the shape of Martin Guptill and then Tillakaratne Dilshan, and a bowler for the entire campaign with Nathan Rimmington. They will hopefully make a big impact and get some big crowds down to the ground.”

“It’s totally different, even from the end of last summer,” Welch added. “We’re now in new dressing rooms in the Elite Performance Centre, looking down from a height on the cricket.

“The old Lund Pavilion where the changing rooms used to be is now for the Members. That’s one of the things we’ve been getting used to in pre-season.

“There’s a great mood about the place; they’ve all been impressing me to be honest with the improvements they’ve made.”

Alongside matchday tickets, supporters can also take advantage of a Six Pack Ticket allowing admittance to any six home days of cricket in 2015, including the group stages of the NatWest T20 Blast competition, for just £72.

New for 2015 is the Double the Action ticket, allowing supporters who buy a NatWest T20 Blast Ticket to get the next match for just £9 extra (usual advanced price £16).

Supporters can purchase tickets over the phone by calling 0871 350 1870, online HERE or in person at The 3aaa County Ground; Grandstand Road, Derby, DE21 6AF.