By Jake Needham
The victorious Derbyshire players continued to bask in the appreciation shown to them on the back of claiming the LV=CC Division Two title by accepting the kind offer to parade the trophy they claimed so dramatically on the final day of the 2012 season at Chesterfield FC’s home match against Torquay last Saturday.
Coming only a week after being asked to do the same at Pride Park before the visit of Burnley, Tony Palladino, Paul Borrington, David Wainwright and Peter Burgoyne seized the chance to soak up the excellent response shown to them by the supporters at the Proact Stadium.
The historic town has strong ties to Derbyshire County Cricket Club, making annual visits to the north of the county for over 100 years.
County Cricket returned to Chesterfield in 2006 after an eight year hiatus for the county’s Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, which is now an annual feature of the first-class season and one of the highlights of the domestic campaign.
In 2012 the home side took on close neighbours Yorkshire beneath the gaze of the famous ‘crooked spire’ of the Church of Saint Mary and All Saints.
The Derbyshire players received an overwhelmingly positive reception from the Chesterfield faithful during the parading of the trophy.
‘It was a great gesture from Chesterfield Football Club’ opening batsman Paul Borrington said.
‘To have had the fans of Derby and now of Chesterfield show us such appreciation, really puts into perspective how much sporting success means to people all over the county.
‘To have the team’s achievements recognised by fellow sporting sides within Derbyshire is something that makes all the lads very proud.’
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