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Council backs £2.4m investment for Derbyshire ground development

The3aaaCountyGroundDerby City Council’s Cabinet has approved a £2.4 million investment to fund a major redevelopment by Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Leader of Derby City Council, Cllr Ranjit Banwait said: “Supporting Derbyshire County Cricket Club is a key priority for my administration which is why we’ve committed £410,000 from the Regeneration Fund and a further £2 million of support as a bridging loan from the Council’s Capital Programme.

“The creation of state-of-the-art facilities at The 3aaa County Ground is a flagship project for Derby. As well raising the profile of Derbyshire cricket both nationally and internationally, it will create jobs for local people, opportunities for local businesses and will increase visitor numbers, bringing additional spending power to Derby.

“We are committed to making sure that people across Derby benefit from this investment through the chance to both watch and take part in sport. 

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Grant: Members to enjoy better facilities than ever before

ChrisGrantDerbyshire Chairman Chris Grant says ground development, in partnership with Derby City Council, will give Members a better cricket watching experience than ever before. 

Plans have been submitted to Cabinet for support from the Council, under the leadership of Ranjit Banwait, to support a three year programme of improvements to The 3aaa County Ground.

Building on the current £1million investment into a state-of the-art new cricket centre of excellence, a new Conference & Events venue in time for April 2015 and upgraded Members’ facilities, a further £3million in facilities is proposed between now and the summer of 2017.

Grant said: “Our aim has always been to provide our valued Members with improved facilities and to offer a better than ever matchday experience.

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Council leader shares Derbyshire’s ambition on and off the field

RanjitBanwaitDerby City Council Leader, Councillor Ranjit Banwait, called cricket “a fantastic way of raising aspirations for local people” in his interview on BBC Radio Derby.

Plans have been submitted to the Council’s Cabinet to support ground development at The 3aaa County Ground during the next three years.

Building on the Club’s current £1million investment into a state-of the-art new cricket centre of excellence, a new Conference & Events venue in time for April 2015 and upgraded Members’ facilities, a further £3million investment 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.

Read more: Council leader shares Derbyshire’s ambition on and off the field

#DCCCXI: Wicketkeeper voting opens

#DCCCXISupporters can now vote to fill the Wicketkeeper 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 Tuesday 20 to 12noon on Thursday 22 January, supporters can vote to fill the next position in our #DCCCXI - the WICKETKEEPER. Supporters can vote via Twitter, Facebook and email. 

The players shortlisted are: 

Karl Krikken
James Pipe
Tom Poynton
Luke Sutton

Read more: #DCCCXI: Wicketkeeper voting opens

#DCCCXI: Middle-Order Batsmen named

#DCCCXISupporters have voted Wayne Madsen, Simon Katich and Shivnarine Chanderpaul as the Middle-Order 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 Thursday 15  to 12noon on Monday 19 January, supporters were asked to vote for to fill the Middle-Order Batsmen positions. 

Madsen, Katich and Chanderpaul received the most votes to take their positions in our fantasy Derbyshire XI.

Read more: #DCCCXI: Middle-Order Batsmen named

Madsen excited by Abu Dhabi tour

WayneMadsenWayne 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.

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Partnership proposals for ground development submitted to Cabinet

The3aaaCountyGroundPlans 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.

Read more: Partnership proposals for ground development submitted to Cabinet

Cricket Club and Revive announce Gateway Centre plans

CricketDerbyshireThe 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.

Read more: Cricket Club and Revive announce Gateway Centre plans

#WATCH: Hughes striving for regular spot

Alex HughesAll-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.

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