In an in-depth three part interview with derbyshireccc.com, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch looks back at the 2014 season. In the final part, we look at the 2014 LV= County Championship campaign.
Graeme Welch says his squad can take huge confidence from the way they finished the 2014 LV= County Championship season and insists there’s a renewed belief as planning begins for 2015.
Despite a tough start, Derbyshire ended the 2014 campaign as the country’s in-form side; winning five out of their last six four-day fixtures to secure fourth place in Division Two.
Paceman Mark Footitt led the way with the ball ending the season as the country’s leading wicket taker with 82 Championship wickets at 19.12, earning him a call-up to the England Performance Programme this winter.
Captain Wayne Madsen finished the campaign as Derbyshire’s leading run scorer, hitting 1,000 Championship runs for a second successive season finishing with 1,046 runs.
Welch was pleased with the county’s strong finish to 2014 and hopes the momentum can carry through to next summer.
In an in-depth three-part interview with derbyshireccc.com, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch looks back at the 2014 season. In part two, we look at the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
Graeme Welch says everyone in the dressing room can be proud of a great Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
The Falcons overturned a minus two point deficit to qualify from Group A and reach the quarter-finals of a one-day competition for the first time since 2005.
The campaign saw back-to-back centuries for Captain Wayne Madsen, which included his maiden List A ton, plus two hundreds for opener Wes Durston. Paceman Mark Footitt, meanwhile, led the way with the ball claiming 15 wickets, including best figures of 5-59.
Derbyshire claimed four victories in all, including a thrilling win over Gloucestershire in front of the Sky Sports cameras at The 3aaa County Ground to secure their place in the last eight.
Mark Footitt is looking forward to excelling on the England Performance Programme when he joins up with the squad later this month.
The left-arm paceman has enjoyed his most successful season to date as he secured 106 wickets across all formats at an average of just 19.19.
As part of an interview with ecb.co.uk, Footitt outlined his intentions for his time with the England set-up, as well as reviewing his sensational form in 2014.
“Yeah, something definitely clicked this year,”Footitt said. “I just kept it simple and the wickets came.
In an in-depth three-part interview with derbyshireccc.com, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch looks back at the 2014 season. In part one, we look at the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
Graeme Welch says lessons have been learnt from the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast campaign and he’s confident Derbyshire can bounce back next summer.
It was a tough NatWest T20 Blast campaign in which Derbyshire finished bottom of the North Group. But the Falcons did save their best display for the home crowd at The 3aaa County Ground, as Wayne Madsen’s side claimed a thrilling record run-chase victory over eventual Twenty20 champions Birmingham Bears.
The campaign also saw debuts for Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby graduates Greg Cork and Ben Cotton, while a host of other young emerging players gained their opportunities in the first team.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Will Davis has been selected for the England Development Programme (EDP) for 2014-15.
Pace bowler Davis, who captained the Academy side in 2014,has been a regular for the Second XI this summer and was named Academy Player of the Year at the annual Awards Evening in September.
The 18-year-old has been named as part of an 18-man EDP squad which features players from across the under-17 and under-19 age groups, and represents the first intake of players to be overseen by ECB’s new Head of the England Development Programme, Andy Hurry.
The 2014-15 EDP squad will take part in a series of short training camps at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough, before embarking on an overseas development camp to the subcontinent in December, and touring in Australia in March-April ahead of the start of the English season.
England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney said: “The composition of the 2014-15 EDP squad represents a change in direction for the England Development Programme with the under-19 and under-17 age groups fully combined for the first time.
Elite Performance Coach Ant Botha says the foundations have been laid for something special as planning begins for the 2015 season.
The coaching staff and players are due to report back to The 3aaa County Ground at the start of November for the start of a dedicated pre-season programme ahead of the new season.
Botha believes that with the crop of young talent alongside the core group of experienced players, Derbyshire have the formula to succeed.
Maurice Vaughan has been awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) to recognise over 80 years of service with Etwall Cricket Club.
Vaughan, a life-long servant of the recreational game who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, claimed the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for commemorate more than 80 years of service with Etwall Cricket Club.
He has helped increase the club’s membership from around 40 to 200 and his previous roles include a 40-year stint as club president and 20 years as 1st XI captain.
Paul Roe, meanwhile, who is a club cricketer for Darley Abbey Cricket Club, took home the Outstanding Contribution to Disability Cricket Award.
Roe has devoted enormous time and energy to transforming disability cricket in the county. He played a leading role in establishing the Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Club nine years ago and has brought more than 75 disabled cricketers into the sport since 2005 including one who has achieved international recognition.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club supporters can vote for their favourite ‘Champagne Moment’ from the 2014 season.
Now the season has come to a close, derbyshireccc.com looks back at some of the most notable ‘Champagne Moments’ from the 2014 campaign.
We’ve produced a list of seven contenders; but supporters can provide suggestions for their own favourite ‘Champagne Moments’ which displays exceptional skill or a moment of either historical or statistical importance.
Supporters will be able to vote for their favourite via the Club’s Twitter page; @DerbyshireCCC.
Derbyshire legends Geoff Miller and Dominic Cork have been confirmed for Derbyshire Exiles’ inaugural Dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s on Wednesday 19 November.
The Black Tie event will be hosted by ex-Derbyshire and England paceman Cork who made 158 first-class appearances for the county, claiming 505 wickets.
He was the last Derbyshire player to earn international honours, representing England in 37 Tests, picking up 131 wickets, between 1995 and 2002.
Guests will be treated to amusing anecdotes from current Derbyshire President and former ECB Chairman of Selectors Miller.
The former England international played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side.
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