Ben Slater celebrated signing a new two-year contract by scoring his maiden first-class century on Day One of the final LV= County Championship match of the season versus Leicestershire.
The Chesterfield-born Academy graduate reached three figures for the first time in Derbyshire colours, hitting 104, while Wes Durston added 52 as part of 124-run stand with Slater, before Derbyshire were bowled out for 289 shortly before stumps.
Eight overs remained in the day, but only took three for Mark Footitt to make the breakthrough, and in doing so claim his 100th wicket in all competitions in 2014, as Leicestershire closed on 25-2, trailing by 264.
After losing the toss and invited to bat first, openers Billy Godleman and Slater begun well adding 30 runs before Godleman was first man out for 19.
Two quick wickets followed, however, as Wayne Madsen (8) and Cheteshwar Pujara (6), who was dismissed handling the ball after instinctively swatting it away before hitting the stumps, both fell.
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Opening batsman Ben Slater has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire, committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
The 23-year-old has scored 423 runs, in six matches, at an average of 35.25 since breaking into the LV= County Championship team in July, including three half-centuries.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “Ben is a home-grown talent who has come through the ranks and - at 23 years old - has the potential to become a consistent performer.
“He has impressed me since returning to the four-day side.
“He’s a talented cricketer and a proud Derbyshire lad who our members and supporters really root for.
“This is reward for the effort Ben has put in throughout pre-season training and during the summer. It has really started to pay off.
Derbyshire conclude their 2014 LV= County Championship campaign against Leicestershire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Tuesday (10.30am).
Graeme Welch has named an unchanged squad as Derbyshire go in search of their fifth win in their last six Championship fixtures, which will also see the county finish the season in fourth place in Division Two.
When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, Derbyshire recorded their first win of the summer, thanks largely to efforts of David Wainwright who scored a century and claimed five wickets in the match.
Derbyshire enter the fixture off the back of an eight-wicket win over Surrey at the Kia Oval last week. Opening batsmen Billy Godleman scored his maiden first-class hundred for the Club, his sixth career first-class century, whilst India Test star Cheteshwar Pujara finished unbeaten on 90 as Derbyshire chased down 251 on Day Three.
Leading wicket-taker Mark Footitt has hailed the impact of Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch after enjoying his best season to date, with a fixture still to go.
The left-arm paceman has claimed a career-best 77 first-class wickets to date in 2014 at an average of just 19.84 and including six five-wicket hauls.
Only four players have claimed more first-class wickets in a season since 1975; Devon Malcolm (82 wickets in 1996), Kevin Dean (83 wickets in 2002), Geoff Miller (87 wickets in 1977 & 1984) and Dominic Cork (90 wickets in 1995).
Footitt says the arrival of Welch has played a big part in his success this summer and he believes the county has an exciting future ahead.
"It's certainly a shame the season is coming to an end for me but it shows what can happen if I am fit, on the park and bowling like I believe I can," said Footitt. "This year it just seems to have clicked for me.
"It was a massive change last winter with Graeme Welch coming in with a totally new structure. No-one really had a clue what to expect from him but he's been a fantastic appointment for the Club and I'm really excited about the future of the county.
Derbyshire have been drawn in Group A for the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup, and Wayne Madsen is hoping Derbyshire can build on a successful 2014 one-day campaign.
Derbyshire overturned a minus two point deficit to reach the knockout stages of the competition this summer after claiming four wins in Group A this summer.
Madsen believes the Club has made great strides in the 50-over competition this year and has targeted a second successive knockout berth for 2015.
"We had a good run in this season's competition and the tournament gave us a good lift in terms of the season,” Madsen said.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been drawn in Group A for the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
Graeme Welch’s men have been drawn alongside five teams who were in Group A with Derbyshire this summer; Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire, plus Somerset, Surrey and 2014 champions Durham.
The competition will follow the same format as this year, with Derbyshire facing each team once, competing in four home and four away fixtures. The top four teams from the group will advance to the quarter-final stages, ahead of semi-finals and a final at Lord’s.
The Falcons reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup, the county’s first knockout berth since 2005, after claiming four victories in Group A this summer.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has received planning permission from Derby City Council for phase one of the proposed ground development at The 3aaa County Ground.
The first phase of development is scheduled to commence soon after the conclusion of the 2014 season.
It will see the Gateway Centre renovated into a state of the art cricket centre of excellence and pavilion, whilst also renovating the Lund Pavilion to create better facilities for Members, supporters, sponsors and Conference & Events customers.
The Club has already secured grant funding of £1million following the introduction of the Supervisory Board at the AGM in 2013 and the subsequent approval of the Club’s business plan by the ECB.
There is also potential for additional funding to support further phases of development, derived from projected commercial ECB income, which could substantially increase the available pot of money during forthcoming years.
Pace bowler Mark Footitt says he doesn't want the season to end after enjoying his best year to date.
Derbyshire’s frontline seamer has claimed a career-best 77 first-class wickets in 2014, with one fixture still to go, at an average of just 19.84 including six five-wicket hauls.
Only four players have claimed more first-class wickets in a season since 1975; Devon Malcolm (82 wkts in 1996), Kevin Dean (83 wkts in 2002), Geoff Miller (87 wkts in 1977 & 1984) and Dominic Cork (90 wkts in 1995).
“I don’t want this season to stop,” Footitt said. “You try to put everything into the last few games because this doesn’t happen every year. You keep thinking to yourself, keep bowling how you’re bowling and do everything you can to take as many wickets as you can for the team.
“The body’s still feeling good. I’ve been looked after really well. I’m enjoying my cricket this year and, obviously, it has been coming out quite nicely.
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