BBC Radio Derby will broadcast ball-by-ball commentary from every Derbyshire fixture for a second straight year this summer.
They will provide commentary on all Derbyshire matches, at The 3aaa County Ground and away from home in the LV= County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast competitions.
Former New Zealand international cricketer Iain O’Brien - who played 22 Tests for New Zealand between 2005 and 2009, taking 73 wickets, and has broadcast experience with Test Match Special – will be BBC Radio Derby’s new commentator in 2014.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We are delighted with the plans and ambitions BBC Radio Derby have mapped out for the new season.
Mark Turner was pleased to be back in the wickets as Derbyshire restricted Warwickshire to 238-8 declared on day one at the 3aaa County Ground.
Turner, who was featuring in his first pre-season fixture of 2014, claimed four wickets and was twice on a hat-trick on day one of Derbyshire’s two-day friendly against Dougie Brown’s side.
Jonathan Clare, David Wainwright and Adam Shepherd all chipped in with a wicket to restrict Warwickshire to 238-8 off their 60 overs. Derbyshire reached 23-0 in reply before bad light forced an early closure to proceedings.
“I was really pleased with how it went,” Turner said. “It was a really good all-round effort from the lads, especially early on. We made full use of the conditions, bowled in good areas and got some good rewards for that.
“It was good to get back outside and get some cricket under my belt.
Mark Turner claimed four wickets as Derbyshire restricted Warwickshire to 238-8 declared on the opening day of their two-day friendly at the 3aaa County Ground.
Derbyshire made a near perfect start with the ball with Turner (4-33 off 14 overs) claiming four wickets to reduce the visitors to 11-4 after seven overs.
But contributions from Rikki Clarke (72), Paul Best (47 not out) and Pete McKay (29 not out) helped guide Warwickshire past 200, despite the best efforts of Jonathan Clare (1-46 off 11 overs) and David Wainwright (1-23 off nine overs).
After the visitors declared on 238-8, Graeme Welch’s side managed to bat seven overs – closing on 23-0 – before bad light stopped play.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, a fired-up Turner – who was making his first appearance of the year – produced an inspired opening spell to reduce Warwickshire to 11-4.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s ongoing review of its options prior to finalising ground development plans has been boosted by the potential availability of additional funding estimated to scale as much as £2million.
The Club has already secured grant funding of £1.7million following the introduction of the Supervisory Board at the AGM in 2013 and the subsequent approval of the Club’s business plan in June.
There is now potential for additional funding, derived from projected commercial income through ICC global events, which could substantially increase the available pot of money during forthcoming years, perhaps to the region of £4million.
Subject to agreement on a number of issues with Derby City Council, who are the Club’s landlords and planning authority, the Supervisory Board announced its intention at the Club’s AGM to recommence ground development planning at The 3aaa County Ground.
Graeme Welch has named a 12-man squad for Derbyshire’s two-day friendly against Warwickshire at the 3aaa County Ground, starting tomorrow at 11am.
Stephen Moore - who signed a two-year deal with the county in January - will make his first home appearance in a Derbyshire shirt, while Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Ben Cotton will make his first appearance for the first team at the 3aaa County Ground.
The squad to face Warwickshire also includes former Nottinghamshire Academy member Adam Shepherd who is on trial with the Club after impressing in the Second XI last season.
Elite Performance Director Welch said: “Our pre-season has been mapped out quite well. We had a very good behind-closed-doors match played between ourselves as a squad, which was a great exercise.
Graeme Welch says the two-day friendly against Warwickshire will be a good exercise to see exactly where the squad are at ahead of the new season.
Derbyshire conclude their preparations for the 2014 season with a two-day fixture against the 2012 LV= County Champions starting on Thursday 27th March at the 3aaa County Ground; 11am start.
The game will be Derbyshire's final warm-up fixture before the new season begins with a three-day first-class match against Durham MCCU on Tuesday 1st April; also at the 3aaa County Ground.
Entry to both fixtures are FREE as supporters get a chance to see the squad on home soil for the first time in 2014.
The AGM of Derbyshire CCC, on Wednesday 26th March – 7.30pm, will be attended by the entire playing and coaching staff.
Members are invited to stay for Post-AGM light refreshments complete with the opportunity to mingle with the squad, the elite performance coaching team, the Regional Reps and the Supervisory Board.
All voting members of the Club are invited to attend the AGM with a voting member defined as follows:
Chief Executive Simon Storey says the ground-breaking partnership with Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd (3aaa) will help Derbyshire compete for on-the-field honours.
Derbyshire and 3aaa have agreed a three-year partnership which will see 3aaa become the Club's first ever stadium naming rights partner.
The six-figure deal is the largest commercial partnership in the history of the Club and will see the ground renamed as the 3aaa County Ground as well as 3aaa becoming Derbyshire's NatWest T20 Blast shirt sponsor.
Storey says it is a fantastic deal for both parties which will allow Derbyshire to continue their improved investment on-the-field.
“The progress we have been making on and off-the-field over the last two years has been there for all to see and this is the next stage,” he said.
“This is all about our five-year plan to provide sustainable first-class cricket in the first division. It’s a sense of reinforcing the progress we are already making.
Derbyshire CCC and 3aaa (Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd) have agreed a three-year partnership which will see 3aaa, one of the UK’s leading national training providers for Apprenticeships, become the Club's first ever stadium naming rights partner.
The six-figure deal is the largest commercial partnership in the history of the Club. It will see the ground renamed as The 3aaa County Ground (pronounced verbally as The 3a County Ground) as well as 3aaa becoming Derbyshire's NatWest T20 Blast shirt sponsor.
Also, as part of the ground-breaking partnership, 3aaa will provide four high quality, industry experienced apprentices to join Derbyshire's off-field commercial and administration team.
Derbyshire CCC Chief Executive Simon Storey said: "We are absolutely delighted to be entering this innovative partnership with 3aaa.
"Our partnership with 3aaa will give their business nationwide exposure, supporting their continued growth as one of the country's leading apprenticeship providers.
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