Interview with Alex Hughes

By Jake Needham

The Derbyshire Academy had its first intake of young cricketers back in 2003, and since then players like Dan Redfern, Ross Whitleley and Paul Borrington have played a significant amount of first team cricket.

But a name that is starting to garner increased attention around the county is that of aspiring all-rounder Alex Hughes.

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Interview with Tony Palladino

By Jake Needham

The Chesterfield festival is always a special event in the calendar of any Derbyshire player.

With the opportunity to play at a ground steeped in the county’s history, and played within the pastoral surrounds of what many cricket lovers consider a cricketing arena of unparalleled natural beauty, it is a time of summer that whet’s the appetite of Derbyshire and opposition players alike.

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Krikken looking forward not back

Derbyshire v GlamorganKarl Krikken insists Derbyshire won’t be dwelling on the Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat to Warwickshire.

The Falcons surrendered their unbeaten start to the season with a nine-wicket defeat versus the Bears. But Krikken is already looking forward to the visit of the Glamorgan.

“We’ve messed up, now we’ve got to learn from it and get onto the next one.

“We just didn’t turn up. Whether it’s the after-effects of a long journey to Hampshire, four days down there, then coming back up, I don’t know.

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Dan Redfern Interview

Dan RedfernCenturion Dan Redfern praised team-mate David Wainwright for ‘never bowling a bad ball’ after Derbyshire’s new signing took 6-33 in the victory over Northamptonshire.

Redfern, who scored his maiden first-class century in the first innings of the match, says Wainwright is just the bowler Derbyshire need as they target a successful campaign.

The young left-hander also talks about wrestling the monkey off his back by scoring the said century, as well as revealing what he said to batting partner Ross Whiteley whilst taking off for the first of the three runs that took him to the landmark.

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Krikken confident ahead of Easter opener

Karl KrikkenDerbyshire start their LV= County Championship campaign versus Northamptonshire this Easter Weekend (Thursday to Sunday, 11am starts) and Karl Krikken is in confident mood.

The Derbyshire Head Coach told the ECB website’s Chris Devine that he expects the Club’s young guns to thrive during the 2012 campaign.

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Practice makes perfect for Derbyshire youngster

Tom KnightTom Knight emerged as leading wicket taker from Day 2 of the match versus Yorkshire today – but it didn’t all go to plan.

Many a left-arm spinner would be happy with the prized wicket of Andrew Gale from an opening spell of five overs, even if the price to pay was 20 runs. But Knight admits he didn’t really get it right until much later in the day.

“I didn’t bowl as well as I wanted to in my first spell this morning,” he said. “I was going at four-an-over and that’s too many.

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Wes Durston Interview

Wes DurstonWes Durston says he will continue to play aggressively in all forms of the game after starring with an unbeaten half-century versus Yorkshire at North Stars today.

The 31-year-old all-rounder was the standout performer on a day that saw each and every one of Derbyshire’s batsmen spend valuable time in the middle ahead of the new season.

Wes also discusses how he expects the team to approach the different forms of the game tactically in 2012. And why he refused to be worried by a brace of low scores early in the tour.

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Wayne Madsen Interview

Wayne MadsenImproving on the previous campaign in all competitions is Derbyshire’s aim for 2012 according to Captain Wayne Madsen.

The 28-year-old hopes his side can improve their consistency in one-day cricket sufficiently to qualify for the knockout stages of either Clydesdale Bank 40 or Friends Life t20 – and he’s hoping to improve on last season’s tally of five LV= County Championship wins.

Find out about Wayne’s views on the captaincy, the importance of the tour of Barbados and why he is hoping for a double celebration come September.

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Footitt inspired by the fear of failure in dramatic Derbyshire win

Mark FootittMatch-winner Mark Footitt says it was the fear of letting his team-mates down that inspired him to perform late heroics versus Hampshire Royals yesterday.

The 26-year-old left-arm paceman took three wickets, all of them clean bowled, in the final over of yesterday’s Barbados Twenty20 Plate Final to secure a dramatic one-run victory for the Derbyshire tourists.

Footitt’s overall figures were 4 for 11. And despite showing nerves of steel to outgun the Hampshire lower-order when it really mattered, Footitt admits he was feeling the pressure.

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