Wes Durston, who has signed a one-year contract extension, will lead the Derbyshire Falcons in this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast competition.
The vastly-experienced all-rounder, whose new deal commits him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season, will take over the Twenty20 captaincy from Wayne Madsen who will still lead the LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup sides.
Durston, who has featured in 97 Twenty20 matches as a professional, is Derbyshire’s highest run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket, hitting 1,460 runs at an average of 28 with a top score of 111. He is also the Club’s third highest wicket taker in the format claiming 30 wickets.
Since joining the county in 2010, the 34-year-old has featured regularly in the four-day format scoring 3,106 runs, including five hundreds, in 60 first-class matches and claiming 62 wickets.
Mark Footitt was the pick of the bowlers as Derbyshire enjoyed another productive day as they concluded their friendly against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
It was Warwickshire’s turn to bat first on day two and Derbyshire started brightly reducing the hosts to 18-2 inside 10 overs.
Tony Palladino (1-13) had Laurie Evans trapped lbw without scoring before Footitt claimed the first of his two wickets as Sam Hain was caught behind by Tom Poynton for five. Footitt’s opening five-over spell, which included two maidens, cost him only seven runs with one wicket.
Ateeq Javid and Freddie Coleman remained firm, however, to see the hosts through to the lunch break with the score at 78-2, at which point Javid retired on 37.
Coleman was clean bowled by Alex Hughes (1-19) shortly after the restart for 46, but Jon Webb and Keith Barker provided a stern middle order as they put on 80 for the fourth wicket.
Ashes hero Steve Harmison is guest speaker at the first 1870 Business Club Lunch of the season, in partnership with ICU IT, during the fixture against Lancashire.
10 years on from the famous 2005 win, Harmison will relive the moments that helped him write his name in Ashes and England folklore forever.
Guests will be treated to several anecdotes from the 2005 Ashes winner about the famous series win, dubbed as the greatest Test series ever, and about his successful England career in which he claimed 226 Test wickets.
The event takes place during Derbyshire's opening game of the 2015 season at The 3aaa County Ground when, fresh from a record-breaking World Cup, New Zealand star Martin Guptill will make his second debut for the Club.
A consultation window has now begun for Members and spectators to give feedback on our campaign for Derby to be a host city for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.
As part of the #WereBackingTheBid campaign, the Club also unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout.
The stumps will be funded by 100 local businesses together with a small number of private donors who will each pledge £500 to become part of the campaign and be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture as well as featuring on the Partners Plaque.
Briggs of Burton, specialists in stainless steel, have already offered to manufacturer the stumps and Idom Merebrook have offered to provide engineering consultancy services for the project.
Record-breaking New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is set to arrive at Derbyshire tomorrow ahead of the start of the 2015 season.
Guptill arrives following a fantastic World Cup for both him personally and for the Black Caps, as they reached the final before succumbing to fellow co-hosts Australia.
It was his country’s quarter-final clash with West Indies that saw Guptill break World Cup records, hitting one of the greatest one-day innings of all time.
Guptill scored an unbeaten 237 off just 163 balls, which included 11 sixes and 24 fours, and in turn helped New Zealand register a mammoth 393-6, the best in a World Cup knockout match.
The 28-year-old ended the tournament as the highest run-scorer with 547 runs at an average of 68.37, including two centuries.
Wayne Madsen and Ben Slater both struck half-centuries as the Derbyshire batsmen enjoyed a good first day in their two-day friendly against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Given the first two sessions to bat, Derbyshire made a solid start with Slater and Billy Godleman sharing a 91-run opening stand, before Madsen, top scoring with 69, helped the visitors post 241-4 off their 64 overs.
Warwickshire batted the entire evening session, losing two wickets in the process to close on 110-2 after Varun Chopra had struck a very good 57.
Derbyshire openers Slater and Godleman enjoyed a 91-run partnership for the first wicket before the former was caught off the bowling off Mark Adair off the last ball before lunch for 55 (6 fours, 1 six).
Wayne Madsen is targeting a strong start to the new campaign which begins with a three-day university fixture against Cambridge MCCU, commencing on Sunday.
Derbyshire begin their final pre-season fixture, two-day friendly, against Warwickshire at Edgbaston tomorrow before traveling to Fenner’s Cricket Ground on Sunday for a three-day match against Cambridge.
Graeme Welch’s men then start their new LV= County Championship a week later against Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground commencing on Sunday 19 April.
“Pre-season has been fantastic,” Madsen said.
3aaa (Aspire Achieve Advance) has extended its partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club as the UK’s leading national apprentice training provider focuses on using the power of sport to engage with apprentices and employers.
The deal, worth more than half a million pounds over five years, includes the extension of the stadium naming rights of The 3aaa County Ground (pronounced verbally as The 3a County Ground) until the end of 2020.
The partnership will also see the newly-redeveloped Pavilion renamed as The 3aaa Pavilion in addition to 3aaa continuing its sponsorship of the Club’s NatWest T20 Blast shirt through to 2018.
The two parties launched their partnership in March 2014 when 3aaa become the Club’s first ever ground naming rights partner.
Since then, 3aaa have become the UK’s first national training providers for apprenticeships to be awarded an “Outstanding” rating by OFSTED and the Club has continued to make progress with over £1million invested in The 3aaa County Ground facilities.
Graeme Welch says the Club is on the hunt to secure cover for Sri Lanka star Tillakaratne Dilshan during the middle part of the 2015 season.
Dilshan will be available for two LV= County Championship and up to four NatWest T20 Blast fixtures in June, before leaving to compete in the Caribbean Premier League.
He will return to The 3aaa County Ground at the start of August for the remainder of the season, which leaves a four-week period for which Welch hopes to find a high-quality international to cover.
“We will have to look at the budget, of course, but we do hope to find someone to come in for the middle part of the season," he said.
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