Wayne Madsen says the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, will act as the perfect platform as the county target a quick start to the 2015 campaign.
The squad will fly out to United Arab Emirates on March 7 for the 10-day tour, and supporters can to join them with the Club’s Official Supporters’ Tour, in association with Sport Arabia and Etihad Holidays.
Derbyshire will compete in both red and white ball action against Worcestershire, Middlesex and an MCC Associates XI, as Abu Dhabi provides a warm weather backdrop to the intense regime of pre-season training ahead of the new season.
“The guys are looking forward to it,” Madsen said. “The tour is around eight or nine weeks away now and that time will fly by.
“We have been working hard in training to lead up to the Abu Dhabi tour. It will be a significant step towards the new season and it’s great to get some cricket out there.
Plans have been submitted to Cabinet for Derby City Council support of Derbyshire’s ground development over the next three years.
Building on the current £1million investment into a state-of the-art new cricket centre of excellence, a new Conference & Events centre venue in time for April 2015 and upgraded Members’ facilities, a further £3million in facilities is proposed between now and the summer of 2017.
Further projects will include a new Media Centre to support coverage of county cricket, floodlight upgrades and the creation of improved spectator facilities.
Chief Executive Simon Storey, who shared the master-plan with the Club’s Members at the 2014 AGM back in March, said: “We have been working with Derby City Council on unlocking sources of funding and financing that maintain the security and sustainability of the Club.
The Trustees of Revive and Board of Derbyshire County Cricket Club have agreed terms in relation to the future of the Gateway Centre at The 3aaa County Ground.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Derwent Ward facility will be purchased by the Cricket Club and will become a dedicated centre of cricket from grassroots to the professional game.
It will provide opportunities for young cricketers from across the county to develop their game and participate in community cricket.
The deal builds on the Club's existing links with local communities within the City, with a decade-long package of street cricket and community cricket coaching pledged to provide participation opportunities for local people in the Derwent Ward.
It will also create new commercial opportunities for the Club, while the creation of a dedicated centre for cricket in Derwent has the potential to bring jobs, visitors and investment to the ward.
All-rounder Alex Hughes says he hopes to cement his place in all forms in 2015 after enjoying a lengthy run in the side last season.
Hughes and the rest of the Derbyshire squad have been in training since early November and are now building towards the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, in March.
The 23-year-old has been working closely with Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch throughout the winter on all aspects of his game and he hopes it can have a big impact as he pushes for a regular spot next season.
Hughes said: “I have been working hard with Graeme Welch on my bowling trying to improve that. Obviously I’ve also been working hard on my batting to give myself the best chance this season.
Supporters can now vote to fill the Middle-Order Batsmen positions in our 21st Century Derbyshire First-Class XI.
As we countdown to the Membership Early Bird Deadline on February 1st – which offers savings of £15 on Membership –the Club is collating a Derbyshire first-class XI made up of players who have represented the county from the year 2000 onwards.
From Wednesday 14 January to 12noon on Monday 19 January, supporters can vote to fill the next position in our #DCCCXI - the MIDDLE-ORDER BATSMEN. Supporters can vote via Twitter, Facebook and email.
The players shortlisted are:
Supporters have voted Michael Di Venuto and Chris Rogers as the two Opening Batsmen in our 21st Century Derbyshire First-Class XI.
As we countdown to the Membership Early Bird Deadline on February 1st – which offers savings of £15 on Membership – the Club is collating a Derbyshire First-Class XI made up of players who have represented the county from the year 2000 onwards.
From Saturday 10 to 12noon on Wednesday 14 January, supporters were asked to vote for to fill the second and third positions in our #DCCCXI - the OPENING BATSMEN.
Rogers and Di Venuto both secured 41 per cent of the vote to take their spots at the top of the order in our fantasy Derbyshire XI.
Derbyshire will face first-class opposition on the pre-season tour to Abu Dhabi in March, sponsored by Briggs of Burton.
Wayne Madsen’s men will face Worcestershirein a 50-over, Twenty20 and a two-day match, before the tour concludes with a Twenty20 fixture versus Middlesex.
Derbyshire will also pit themselves against an ICC Associate XI as they step up their preparations ahead of the 2015 season.
Supporters can join the First Team squad in Abu Dhabi as part of the Official Supporters’ Tour.
The tour, in association with Etihad Holidays and Sportarabia, will include matches against fellow touring county Worcestershire in the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Chief Executive Simon Storey says the new facilities will offer a better matchday experience than ever before for Members this summer.
The first phase of the Club’s major ground development scheme will be complete in time for the start of the 2015 season, with Members getting a first glimpse of the new facilities at the Club’s Annual General Meeting in March.
The refurbished Pavilion will include a new entrance and reception area and as well as a newly refurbished indoor and outdoor viewing facility.
“Everything is going well and we remain on track, ready to open in March,” Storey said.
“We’ve spent a lot of time in the last 12 months, planning and then pursuing a really robust procurement process to make sure we are working with the right partners, and it’s great to be in the position where that vision is turning into a reality.
“The crucial part in any project is the preparation and we are very fortunate to have (former CEO of Mowlem) Sir John Gains on our supervisory board.
Steve Smith enjoyed a record-breaking series as Australia completed a good summer down under by sealing the Test series against India.
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India survived a last-session collapse to draw the final Test in Sydney to confirm Australia’s series win, 2-0.
Declaring their second innings overnight on 251-6, Australia set India a victory target of 349. Smith's side were left three wickets short as they chased a final day win with India finishing on 252-7.
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