Derbyshire CCC have been handed an East Midlands showdown with Nottinghamshire in their opening home match of the 2013 county cricket season.
Karl Krikken’s men, who were promoted to the First Division as champions in September, will start their LV= County Championship campaign with back-to-back away fixtures versus Warwickshire and Middlesex.
Then, starting on Wednesday, April 24, the East Midlands battle lines will be drawn as Derbyshire face Nottinghamshire in a four-day fixture for the first time since 2007.
The rivalry has been retained in recent years via Friday night Friends Life t20 matches at a packed out County Ground, Derby, a tradition that’s set to continue in 2013 on Friday, July 5.
A brace of Sunday afternoon Twenty20s at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield - the first of which pairs the Falcons with Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday 14th July - provide a further highlight at the top and tail of a six day festival which will also include a four day fixture versus the white rose county
Head coach Karl Krikken: “The fixture announcement is an exciting time because it allows us to plan ahead as well as making the season feel a whole lot closer.
“We need to galvanise the support of our members and the local business community in order to create revenue for investment in the squad and in our preparation for the new season. Once we do that, we can look forward to the season with confidence and with a real chance of enjoying a successful campaign.
“Gaining promotion as champions was a great effort by everyone connected with the Club. We now more than ever need to pull together as a county, show how proud we are to be Derbyshire and take on the First Division without fear.”
Membership of Derbyshire for the 2013 campaign includes entry to all home cricket and although First Division cricket is on offer for the first time since the year 2000, prices have been frozen until January 31.
Discounts remain in place for students, senior citizens and those living more than 20 miles from the County Ground. The new Ambassador initiative offers Members £50 cash back for each new Member they recruit for the 2013 season.
Junior Membership is free for under 16s that register prior to 1st February ahead of a season set to include 32 days of home Championship cricket, six home Clydesdale Bank 40 matches and five home games in the group stage of the Friends Life t20 competition.
A new six-pack ticket, meanwhile, provides a value-for-money solution for supporters that wish to join the Club, but who can only attend a limited number of matches.
Derbyshire chief executive Simon Storey said: “We couldn’t have picked a better fixture to start our home season. The match versus Nottinghamshire promises to be a terrific occasion for supporters of both clubs.
“With First Division Championship cricket, two Friday night Twenty20s, a mouth-watering Chesterfield Festival and a three day tourist match versus New Zealand to look forward to, there are plenty of opportunities for us to attract healthy crowds this season.
“Memberships or Six Pack Tickets could provide the perfect Christmas present for cricket supporters throughout the county of Derbyshire. The club will provide gift vouchers for any product for this purpose.”
A full list of Derbyshire’s 2013 fixtures is available at www.derbyshireccc.com.