Only five times in over 140 years has Derbyshire won a trophy.
There have been times since 1993 – when Derbyshire beat Lancashire at Lord’s to win the Benson and Hedges Cup – when it seemed unlikely that there would ever be another piece of silverware to display at The County Ground.
But during the 2012 season, from the gloom, cold and dampness of early season, through the gloom, cold and dampness of high summer, to the gloom, cold and dampness of the season’s end, Derbyshire’s side played dynamic, positive, courageous and skilful cricket and were deservedly promoted as Champions of the LV= County Championship 2nd division.
With the well-earned fanfare that the Derbyshire class of 2012 are enjoying after the historic achievement of their first promotion into the top tier of the LV=County Championship, I thought it appropriate to look back at the championship campaign as a whole, and the five season-defining moments that came along the way (if you can’t reminisce after a season like this one, when can you!).
Derbyshire v Northamptonshire, the County Ground, April 5-8 2012
I will start rather unimaginatively with the first LV=CC match of the season. With the winter planning and preparation complete, and a successful pre-season tour behind the squad, the arrival of Northants up the M1 represented the first opportunity that new captain and Robin Van Persie look-a-like Wayne Madsen had to showcase his leadership skills.
By Chris Airey
Many sporting schools up and down the country are delighted if one or two of their pupils go on to play their chosen sport at a professional level.
But one Derbyshire school has successfully produced 132 sporting professionals, and that is just in one sport alone.
Repton School, Derby, are celebrating their 132nd pupil who has represented the school to go on the play first-class cricket in England and overseas.
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