India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says he’s been impressed with the quality of the Derbyshire squad during his stay and believes the Club can gain promotion in 2015.
Pujara represented Derbyshire in this season’s final three LV= County Championship fixtures, scoring 219 runs at an average of 54.75, including one century.
The 26-year-old - who has already indicated his interest in returning to the county next summer - is confident after a good 2014 campaign that Graeme Welch’s men can maintain the momentum and enjoy a successful 2015 season.
“We have played some fantastic cricket during my time here,” Pujara said. “We did well, apart from the Glamorgan game, but even then we did well in patches and were unfortunate not to win.
“I have spoken to the guys and they have said that we were just unfortunate to not start the season as well as we have finished it.
Wayne Madsen says Mark Footitt thoroughly deserves his call-up to the England Performance Programme and believes he has the quality to be an international cricketer.
The left-arm paceman ended the 2014 season as the country’s leading wicket taker, with 106 wickets in all competitions, the most ever by a Derbyshire bowler since 1965.
Footitt will spend three weeks in South Africa taking part in an extensive bowling training camp with ECB coaching staff, during which he will aim to earn a call-up for the England Lions next year.
“For [Mark] Footitt, it just keeps getting better and better,” Madsen said. “We saw him last week once again blow away a team and that’s what he has done all season.
“He has had an excellent campaign and he thoroughly deserves his place on the England Performance Programme.
Mark Footitt has been crowned Derbyshire’s 2014 Player of the Year at the Club’s annual awards evening.
The 28-year-old claimed the prestigious award in recognition for a memorable season, during which he claimed 106 wickets in all competitions, more than any other Derbyshire bowler since 1965.
The left-arm paceman also picked up the LV= County Championship award after ending the season as the country’s leading wicket taker with 84 first-class wickets at an average of 19, including six five-wicket hauls and career-best figures of 6-48.
He had already been presented with the Members’ Player of the Year
Wayne Madsen, meanwhile, claimed two awards after being named NatWest T20 Blast Player of the Year and Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year.
Wayne Madsen hailed a ruthless performance as Derbyshire blew Leicestershire away inside three days to end the 2014 season with a record-breaking 408-run win.
Ben Slater completed his second century of the match, before Mark Footitt completed his sixth five-wicket haul of the season to seal a convincing win at The 3aaa County Ground – the highest ever by run in Derbyshire’s history.
“I’m very happy to finish the season in such a manner,” Madsen said. “I think the way we have played over the last couple of months has been excellent.
“At the start of this match we just wanted to play like we have recently and we have done.
“We were ruthless and there were many outstanding performances once again.
“The key was to not let our foot off the pedal and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. The boys in the changing can be extremely chuffed.
India Test star Cheteshwar Pujara says he would love to return to Derbyshire for a second spell in 2015.
Pujara scored his first century for the Club yesterday as they overcame Leicestershire by a record runs margin; having also hit 90 not out to lead the side to victory over Surrey last week.
And the 26-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of returning to The 3aaa County Ground next season.
“If there is a chance to come back again next year, I would of course like to do that,” Pujara said. “It will depend on the schedule of the IPL and the Test series next year, but if there is time I would love to return.
“The experience I have got from playing here is great. I love playing in the UK. Playing conditions are tough for batsmen but if you apply yourself you can score runs.
Mark Footitt became Derbyshire’s most successful bowler in a season for almost 50 years as Derbyshire concluded the 2014 season with a record-breaking win over Leicestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.
The 28-year-old celebrated his call up for the England Performance Programme in style by wiping out the visitors’ top-order en route to second innings figures of 5 for 34.
It took the left-arm paceman to 106 dismissals in all competitions in 2014, the most by a Derbyshire bowler since 1965.
He finished as the leading wicket-taker in the country in this season’s LV= County Championship with 82 – the most in a Championship season for Derbyshire since Geoff Miller’s 84 in 1984.
Mark Footitt has been awarded with the Elizabeth Flintoff Memorial Cup after being named the 2014 Members’ Player of the Year.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed his best season in 2014, claiming 82 first-class wickets at an average of 19, including five five-wicket hauls and career-best figures of 6-48.
Footitt, who joined Derbyshire in 2010, has also claimed 22 wickets in limited-overs cricket this season, including career-best List A figures of 5-59, to take his tally to 104 wickets in all competitions in 2014.
The left-arm paceman’s outstanding performances have been recognised with selection for the ECB’s England Performance Programme Fast Bowling camp this winter.
He will spend three weeks in South Africa taking part in an extensive bowling training camp with ECB coaching staff, during which he will aim to earn a call-up for the England Lions next year.
Tom Knight has signed a one-year contract extension, committing him to Derbyshire until the end of the 2015 season.
Knight, a former England under-19 international, played seven NatWest T20 Blast fixtures – starring with an explosive 44 from 18 balls against Northamptonshire - and one Royal London One-Day Cup match in 2014.
The 21-year-old has also been a regular for the Second XI, hitting a run-a-ball 125 in the one-day competition against Yorkshire and an unbeaten 99 off just 55 balls in the Twenty20 win over Durham.
A graduate of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in association with the University of Derby, Knight has made 32 appearances for the first team to date.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “Tom is a home-grown player with great potential.
Ben Cotton returned figures of 4-20, before Ben Slater and Wayne Madsen both hit half centuries, as Derbyshire seized control on Day Two versus Leicestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Cotton claimed four wickets, in his second first-class match, to return career-best figures, while Tony Palladino claimed three as Leicestershire were dismissed for 141 shortly after lunch.
Following on from his maiden first-class century in the first innings, Slater hit his four half-century of the campaign alongside skipper Wayne Madsen, who also passed fifty, as Derbyshire closed the day on 162-1, a lead of 310.
Leicestershire were 25-2 overnight and that quickly became 29-4 as Palladino (3-34) took the wickets of Ned Eckersley (4) and former Derbyshire batsman Dan Redfern (0) within six overs.
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