Supporters get red-dy for a cricketing local derby

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Supporters of Derbyshire and Yorkshire are set to turn Queen’s Park in Chesterfield red this coming Sunday, as the two sides meet for their traditional NatWest T20 Blast local derby (2.30pm start).

The club and national charity Heart Research UK are urging supporters to don the charity colours of red or purple at the game to raise awareness for this worthy cause.

Over 1,500 Cricket Derbyshire Helping Hearts wristbands have already been distributed to ticket buyers and plenty more will be available at the ground, alongside opportunities to donate to the charity around the ground.

Tickets will be available on the gate; however, the best value can be obtained by purchasing in advance of the day of the game.

This charity event follows the success of Chesterfield Turns Pink in 2013, also held at Queen’s Park, which raised in excess of £25,000 for the McGrath Foundation, Breast Cancer Care and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.

Derbyshire CCC has been supporting the charity throughout the season with the Heart of Cricket Project, delivered by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation - in association with Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® - and fronted by captain Wayne Madsen.

The project is raising awareness of heart health – and how to lead healthy and active lifestyles - among the local school population.

Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Heart Research UK, one of the club’s official Charity Partners, in such a prominent way this weekend.

“It is a great opportunity for us to use our profile and network to enhance the outstanding work that the charity is already doing.

“It’s also great for the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation to lead this unique community project, the Heart of Cricket Project, to promote healthy living to local youngsters. 

“Everyone at Cricket Derbyshire is very grateful to Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® stores for their support of our Foundation.”

Tickets will be available on the gate at Sunday’s match as Wayne Madsen’s Derbyshire Falcons take-on a Yorkshire Vikings side set to include Australian world number one Twenty20 batsman Aaron Finch.

But savings of up to £4 per ticket are available by purchasing online at derbyshireccc.com