Mark Footitt hopes his selection for the England Performance Programme will act as a platform as he targets an England Lions tour in the New Year.
Footitt has enjoyed his best season to date, claiming 100 wickets in all competitions at an average of 20, which has earned him his call-up to the ECB England Performance Programme in South Africa this winter.
“It’s been a good year and it’s nice to get recognition for that with a place on the England Performance Programme in South Africa,” Footitt said.
“It’s an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get out there. I’ve given myself the best chance and I’m thrilled to be selected and recognised for my efforts this year.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in really yet. I was told yesterday morning and I was – naturally – thrilled, but I had to concentrate on the match with Leicestershire.
Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that words of encouragement from partner Billy Godleman helped him play a match winning role against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Pujara ended unbeaten on 90 from just 105 balls during an unbroken 154-run partnership with centurion Billy Godleman (104 not out) as Graeme Welch’s men chased down 251 to seal their fourth LV= County Championship win in five fixtures.
“I thought about it yesterday when we had to chase 251 and thought this was the perfect time to come forward,” Pujara said.
“I was batting really well in the nets, to be honest, it was just that I was not getting a start.
“When I went in, I was timing the ball well and there wasn’t much swing, so I thought if I play my natural game and if the ball is there, I will just go for it.
Graeme Welch says Derbyshire are playing good cricket and are therefore in confident mood ahead of the Royal London One-Day Cup clash versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground this coming Thursday; 2pm start.
Derbyshire sit second in Group A, a point behind early leaders Gloucestershire, after securing victories in their opening two fixtures – against Hampshire and Leicestershire – before rain prevented hopes of making it three from three last Thursday away at Worcestershire.
"We were bitterly disappointed," Welch said speaking after the no result at New Road.
"We played some good cricket again and restricted them to probably 10-15 under par on a decent wicket. We thought the wicket was worse than it was but the lads said it was actually a good pitch.
"I would have fancied us chasing that down.
"We said before the game we owed Worcestershire one because they beat us twice in the t20 and in the Championship, when we weren't playing our best cricket. We have come here and we were the better team on the day.
Wayne Madsen has been pleased with his and the teams start in the Royal London One-Day Cup and hopes their good start can continue versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground next Thursday (7 August); 2pm start.
Derbyshire have begun the rebranded tournament in ideal fashion, having convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire, by 136 runs and seven wickets respectively, in their opening two fixtures, before rain forced no result in the clash versus Worcestershire.
Captain Madsen has played a leading role in their early-competition success, hitting his maiden List A century in the opening match versus Hampshire, before backing it with a second the next day against Leicestershire.
"I feel great – not necessarily because of the hundreds but because we have played well," said Madsen.
"We have got ourselves into the habit of winning by taking the momentum we had from the last two Championship games and carrying it into the new competition.
"We set this up in Abu Dhabi in the pre-season – how we wanted to go about batting and bowling – and spoke about them again this week and have carried out our plans both times. It's extremely rewarding to do that.
Graeme Welch spoke of his pride and love for the Club after returning to Derbyshire as the new Elite Cricket Performance Director.
The 41-year-old was installed as the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure yesterday.
He returns to the Club where he was capped as a player in 2001, appointed Captain in 2006 and bestowed a benefit year in 2007.
“It feels really good to be back at Derbyshire,” Welch said.
“I love it here. It doesn’t seem like two minutes I’ve been away, to be honest and I have fond memories of playing here.
"I’ve always had it in mind that Derbyshire was somewhere I wanted to return to. There seems to be a good vibe around the place and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul will return to Derbyshire for a second season in 2014 - and he hopes to play a crucial role as the Club attempt to bounce back to Division One.
The West Indies international compiled 1,298 runs at a shade over 42 in all competitions in his first stint with Karl Krikken's side, hitting a top score of 129 against Surrey at the County Ground in May.
The 39-year-old will head off to the Caribbean this weekend ahead of a busy international schedule which includes tours of India and New Zealand – before returning to these shores in March for the start of the new domestic campaign.
And Chanderpaul – who is expected to be available throughout the 2014 summer – is relishing a return to Derby and is confident the squad has the quality to return to top flight at the first attempt.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first year with the Club,” he said. “Everyone - players, coaches and staff - have made me feel welcome and I’m happy to be returning for a second year.
Wayne Madsen spoke of his joy after reaching 1,000 LV= County Championship Division One runs for the season against Middlesex on Tuesday.
Madsen struck his third century of the campaign, during which he became the first man to reach 1,000 Championship runs in 2013.
The 29-year-old is currently the leading run scorer in Division One with 1056 runs and Madsen, speaking exclusively for the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter, spoke of his pride.
“I’m over the moon,” Madsen said. “It has been a great season personally for me and to get over the line here at Derby was a fantastic feeling. I'm very proud to be the first one to get past 1,000 runs.
Tom Holdcroft Interview, March 8th, 2013.
Welcome to Derbyshire Billy. Why Derbyshire?
My career had come to a crossroads after Essex released me last August. I hadn’t scored the volume of runs I believed I was capable of and I hadn’t been part of Essex’s one day plans, so the club decided to invest in other young, locally-based players. As a consequence, it gave me a chance to meet face-to-face with several other clubs (and their coaches), of which Derbyshire was the first.
Written by Chris Stonor.
The November edition of All Out Cricket magazine carries a feature on a familiar face at the County Ground, with AOC catching up with Derbyshire's 2011 Clubman of the Year Andy Lewis; who reveals his amazing story of over 30 years service to the club despite being visually impaired.
Andy Lewis has been a stalwart employee for Derbyshire since he joined as a teenager in 1981. From groundsman assistant to maintenance personnel, Lewis has helped the club run efficiently and reliably for over 30 years. But what makes his story so remarkable is this: he’s visually
Lewis describes himself as “a good con man” for he refuses to allow his disability to affect a fulfilling career. Many members who have seen him work over the years still have no idea of his blindness. He’s never advertised it and only very recently resorted to using a white stick.
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