In an in-depth three-part interview with derbyshireccc.com, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch looks back at the 2014 season. In part one, we look at the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
Graeme Welch says lessons have been learnt from the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast campaign and he’s confident Derbyshire can bounce back next summer.
It was a tough NatWest T20 Blast campaign in which Derbyshire finished bottom of the North Group. But the Falcons did save their best display for the home crowd at The 3aaa County Ground, as Wayne Madsen’s side claimed a thrilling record run-chase victory over eventual Twenty20 champions Birmingham Bears.
The campaign also saw debuts for Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby graduates Greg Cork and Ben Cotton, while a host of other young emerging players gained their opportunities in the first team.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Will Davis has been selected for the England Development Programme (EDP) for 2014-15.
Pace bowler Davis, who captained the Academy side in 2014,has been a regular for the Second XI this summer and was named Academy Player of the Year at the annual Awards Evening in September.
The 18-year-old has been named as part of an 18-man EDP squad which features players from across the under-17 and under-19 age groups, and represents the first intake of players to be overseen by ECB’s new Head of the England Development Programme, Andy Hurry.
The 2014-15 EDP squad will take part in a series of short training camps at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough, before embarking on an overseas development camp to the subcontinent in December, and touring in Australia in March-April ahead of the start of the English season.
England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney said: “The composition of the 2014-15 EDP squad represents a change in direction for the England Development Programme with the under-19 and under-17 age groups fully combined for the first time.
Elite Performance Coach Ant Botha says the foundations have been laid for something special as planning begins for the 2015 season.
The coaching staff and players are due to report back to The 3aaa County Ground at the start of November for the start of a dedicated pre-season programme ahead of the new season.
Botha believes that with the crop of young talent alongside the core group of experienced players, Derbyshire have the formula to succeed.
Maurice Vaughan has been awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) to recognise over 80 years of service with Etwall Cricket Club.
Vaughan, a life-long servant of the recreational game who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, claimed the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for commemorate more than 80 years of service with Etwall Cricket Club.
He has helped increase the club’s membership from around 40 to 200 and his previous roles include a 40-year stint as club president and 20 years as 1st XI captain.
Paul Roe, meanwhile, who is a club cricketer for Darley Abbey Cricket Club, took home the Outstanding Contribution to Disability Cricket Award.
Roe has devoted enormous time and energy to transforming disability cricket in the county. He played a leading role in establishing the Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Club nine years ago and has brought more than 75 disabled cricketers into the sport since 2005 including one who has achieved international recognition.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club supporters can vote for their favourite ‘Champagne Moment’ from the 2014 season.
Now the season has come to a close, derbyshireccc.com looks back at some of the most notable ‘Champagne Moments’ from the 2014 campaign.
We’ve produced a list of seven contenders; but supporters can provide suggestions for their own favourite ‘Champagne Moments’ which displays exceptional skill or a moment of either historical or statistical importance.
Supporters will be able to vote for their favourite via the Club’s Twitter page; @DerbyshireCCC.
Derbyshire legends Geoff Miller and Dominic Cork have been confirmed for Derbyshire Exiles’ inaugural Dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s on Wednesday 19 November.
The Black Tie event will be hosted by ex-Derbyshire and England paceman Cork who made 158 first-class appearances for the county, claiming 505 wickets.
He was the last Derbyshire player to earn international honours, representing England in 37 Tests, picking up 131 wickets, between 1995 and 2002.
Guests will be treated to amusing anecdotes from current Derbyshire President and former ECB Chairman of Selectors Miller.
The former England international played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side.
It was a campaign to remember for Mark Footitt as the left-arm paceman became Derbyshire’s most successful bowler in a season for almost 50 years.
The 28-year-old ended the campaign with 106 wickets in all competitions in 2014, the most by a Derbyshire bowler since Brian Jackson and Harold Rhodes in 1965.
His haul of 82 Championship wickets was the most in the country, ten more than second places Steve Magoffin – and at a better average of 19.12 compared to the Sussex paceman's 19.51.
It was the most claimed in a Championship season for Derbyshire since Geoff Miller’s 84 in 1984, and only Footitt and Miller have claimed 82 or more Championship wickets in a campaign since 1975.
In total, with the addition of the two wickets claimed against Durham MCCU in April, Footitt claimed 84 first class wickets this summer – the most since Dominic Cork who claimed 90 while on England and Derbyshire duty in 1995.
Kevin Dean is to lead a newly professionalised scouting system as Derbyshire County Cricket Club breaks new ground in its pursuit of on-field success.
Dean, the Club’s Cricket Advisory Director who enjoyed a distinguished 13-year career with the Club as a player from 1996 to 2008, will observe an array of home and away cricket starting in 2015.
He will provide intelligence on opposition players and pitches to assist Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and his team with match preparation as well as advising on player recruitment.
Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “We are absolutely committed to supporting Graeme and the elite performance team in bringing sustained success to Derbyshire.
“Graeme has highlighted the need to build a greater capability in scouting and we’re delighted that Kevin has agreed to step up and take on this role.
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.
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