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Derby delighted to stage final

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ECB have thanked Derbyshire for their commitment to stage the final of the ECB National Club Championship Final at Derby in September.

The winner of the prestigious 45-overs-a-side trophy will be decided at the home of the Phantoms on Saturday September 19, with the game having a 12pm start.

The two finalists historically take several hundred supporters to the match which will also be available free of charge to Derbyshire members and priced at £6 adults and £3 children to the general public.

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Starting on Sunday May 3, the competition will be contested on a knockout basis between 253 teams. As in previous years the competition will be split into 16 geographical groups and the winners of each Group will progress to the National Stages.

Kibworth Cricket Club from Leicestershire were last year’s winners beating Malden Wanderers in the Final with three balls to spare, a year after losing in the Final to Bromley Cricket Club from Kent.

ECB competitions manager, Patrick Mahony, said: "With Lord’s being unable to host the Final this year due to the high demand for pitches as a result of the full international programme; the ECB are delighted that Derbyshire County Cricket Club has agreed to host the Final.

"The plans outlined by the County Club for the day demonstrate how progressive their management team is and the whole day will be a celebration of the best of club cricket throughout the country.

"With three of the last four Finals going right down to the wire, including two last ball victories, a great day out is in prospect."

ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, Mike Gatting, said: "Derbyshire County Cricket Club deserves a huge vote of thanks for making such a big event out of the National Club Championship Final and it is great to see that a First Class County is taking such an interest in club cricket in this country.”

Derbyshire chief executive Keith Loring said: “This match will be treated in the same way as a First Class fixture as we aim to give those connected with the two clubs a great experience of the County Ground and most importantly a day to remember.”