Phantoms are made to disappear

THE Phantoms are to become untouchable and invisible. Derbyshire have announced another name change for limited overs cricket for next year onwards when they become Derbyshire Falcons.

The name was taken from the peregrine falcons which nest on the cathedral in Derby. This will be Dervyshire’s third different name after starting as Scorpions and more recently becoming the Phantoms.

Chief executive Keith said: “The club’s new one-day cricket name’s local significance indicates that Derbyshire County Cricket Club are continuing to support and champion the local community of Derbyshire. It will also give us the opportunity to introduce an excellent mascot, which will be launched in the build-up to the 2010 season. With an extended Twenty20 tournament as well as a second limited-overs competition to look forward to in 2010, there will be some exciting action for the Falcons and our supporters throughout the season. Let’s hope that 2010 can be the year of the Falcon.”

Charlie says: Middlesex changed their name from Crusaders to Panthers for this season, denying that ‘Crusaders’ was being ditched because the name could be deemed offensive to the muslim community. Not that the name ‘Panthers’ has much relevance to greater London, one hopes, in the way that falcons are part of Derby.

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