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Trio awarded Honorary Life Memberships

MartinGuptillDerbyshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the award of Honorary Life Memberships to three former players following a recent General Committee meeting.

Martin Guptill (pictured), a 25-year-old New Zealand Test batsman, joined the county in 2011 and played all formats of the game during the latter half of the season.

In 2012, he played in the first eight games of Derbyshire’s Division Two title-winning season, scoring 594 runs at an average just under 50 with two centuries and two fifties.

MartinGuptillPictured above: Guptill acknowledges the crowd on reaching a century against Glamorgan at Derby in May 2012.

Guptill was equally devastating in one-day cricket, scoring almost 500 runs at an average of 70 in just eight List A games for Derbyshire. A truly outstanding fielder, Guptill received his County Cap in 2012.

Steve Goldsmith joined Derbyshire in 1988 from Kent having played just two first-class games for the south east county.

He went on to play 73 first-class games for Derbyshire, scoring over 2,500 runs including two centuries and 12 fifties. Goldsmith also played 74 List A games and scored over 1,000 runs.

SteveGoldsmithPictured above:Goldsmith pictured at Swansea before the Benson and Hedges Cup semi-final against Glamorgan in 1988.

Goldsmith is best remembered for an innings of 5 not out against Essex at the County Ground, Derby, on 26th August 1990 when he hit the winning runs to secure the RAL Sunday League title with two balls to spare.

Frank Griffith joined Derbyshire in 1988 and played 43 first-class games and 66 List A matches over the ensuing decade.

A useful lower-order batsman and medium pace bowler, Frank was an outstanding fielder in the deep.

FrankGriffithPictured above: Griffith pictured at the rear of the Lord’s pavilion with his winners medal in hand following the Benson and Hedges Trophy win on 10th July 1993

Griffith’s moment of true cricketing glory came when he was asked to bowl the final over of the Benson and Hedges Cup Final against Lancashire at Lord’s in 1993.

With 11 runs required and two excellent limited-overs players at the crease, Neil Fairbrother and Philip DeFreitas, Griffith conceded just 4 runs and secured the wicket of DeFreitas to ensure a Derbyshire victory.

Script and Pics: David Griffin

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