Derbyshire news February 17, 2009

Women and men to share centre stage

Cricinfo staff

Derby will host its first ever Twenty20 double-header on June 25 when the county's Twenty20 Cup match against Lancashire will be preceded by a Twenty20 Women's International between England and Australia.

The women's match will start at 2.55pm with the men's game beginning at 7.10pm.

"With the Sky Sports cameras present throughout the day and a double-spectacle of Twenty20 Cricket in the offering, this promises to be an excellent day of cricket," said Derbyshire's deputy chief executive Kerry Madeley. "It's always a compliment from the ECB when they choose our home ground as the venue for an international fixture."

"I'm really grateful to Derbyshire County Cricket Club for having the vision to include us in this double header," said Clare Connor, the former England captain and now the ECB's head of women's cricket. "It's a joint challenge for ECB and Derbyshire to ensure that we promote this match to the best of our ability so that the players can play in front of a really big crowd. As the opening match of our summer against the Aussies, we're looking forward to it immensely."