Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Busy old week next week...

I'll be heading down to God's own county next week, for five days of promotion and cricket. I do hope that you pick up a copy of my new book in the days, weeks and months ahead and next week is a good opportunity to do so.

On Monday I will be heading to Denby to watch the second team for a while, before the launch event at Chesterfield Library in the evening. It starts at 7.30pm and the evening comprises a short talk from me, a chance to ask questions of me and special guests who will be appearing, then a chance to buy the book and get it signed if you wish. No clues on the guests at this stage, as it is not yet finalised, but there will be some club legends involved...

Tickets are £3 and are available from Chesterfield Library by calling 01629 533400. Alternatively, you can pop in and pick one up from the library if you live locally.


Tuesday sees me back at Denby on a quieter day, then looking forward to a game of snooker against the legend (cricket and snooker) that is Edwin Smith in the evening. Perhaps I should rephrase that - looking forward to losing a game of snooker! I am also doing a radio interview in the morning, with High Peak Radio.

Wednesday might see a final mosey down to Denby, but I will be at the 3aaa County Ground later for the T20 against Lancashire. Should be a good night, a big crowd and let's pray for sunshine!

Thursday is another busy day, pretty much from morning till night, with a range of things that I look forward to and a chance to relax for a while too.

Friday? I'm down at Elvaston Cricket Club for an evening with the wonderful Edwin Smith.

I will be talking about the new book, then Edwin and I will chat about his career and answer questions from the audience. It will also be the last chance to pick up a copy of Edwin's biography, with final copies on sale on the night.

It is hoped that the evening will see the only two living men to take a thousand wickets for Derbyshire together again, which will be really special if it happens.


Elvaston Cricket Club is on Stable Drive, Elvaston,  DE72 3EP and tickets for the event are £3, with proceeds going to the club's Defibrillator Appeal Fund. There will be a bar and food available, with the evening starting at 7.30pm.
 
Tickets are available from the club, or by calling Andy on 07722 485213.
 
It would be great to see you at some point during the week and if you see me down at one of the grounds, please come and say hello! It's always nice to meet folk and if you can support one of the book launches, so much the better...

8 comments:

Doug said...

A trip down to "gods own county"

Shame you won't see any Derbyshire cricket, well not stuff you can't watch on the TV anyway.

Peakfan said...

Will see the 2s mate..next generation always worth a watch!

Doug said...

Guess you gave a good point there with the 2s and you are certainly more likely to see a Derbyshire win

Apparently we have a really good prospect, I think he is called Wes Durston.

Peakfan said...

We've won a good few at all levels this year Doug. Wes is doing what senior players should do at that level - dropping down, scoring runs and taking wickets. We need him fit and firing for the remainder of the one dayers and he appears to be doing well.

A lot more young ones doing the business though...

Doug said...

We won a good few last year as well with a lopsided team full of middle order batsman and bowlers not good enough for the first team and occasionally bolstered by first teamer needing game time. I suggest success at that level means next to nothing, although having young batsmen scoring a few runs is better than nothing.

Enjoy your week watching the stiffs

Peakfan said...

There's barely a county player who hasn't come through from that level Doug. On that basis you can hardly say it means nothing. Success at that level is a step up from club cricket, a progression like O to A level and then to degree. When you face the best XI another county can muster, it has to be a worthwhile stepping stone to the senior game.

Doug said...

No arguments about it being a stepping stone for young players but it is also a graveyard for some older ones. That was not really the point I was making. Team results and often good individual performances mean nothing because of the general standard.

I can see that some cynics might suggest watching the stiffs is preferable to watching our first team, I couldn't possibly concur.

Anyway lets us know about this new breed of batsmen we're cultivating

Peakfan said...

Point taken Doug but senior players should only be there if recovering from injury and/or needing a knock, like Wes.

Credit Welch with moving on players who were not performing nor were fit enough to play in the top side. Clubs with senior players in twos have too many senior players. Period.