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VIDEO: Slater looking to cement place in 2015

Ben SlaterOpening batsman Ben Slater says he wants to cement his place at the top of the order in all forms in 2015. 

Slater, who signed a new two-year contract in September, hit his maiden and second first-class hundreds in the final LV= County Championship fixture of the campaign versus Leicestershire.

He was the first Derbyshire born player since Chris Adams in 1996 to hit two hundred in a first-class match and only the 15th in the Club’s history.

The squad are now back at The 3aaa County Ground for pre-season and Slater is happy to get back in training as preparations begin for 2015.

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VIDEO: Squad takes part in MMA session

BenSlaterAlexHughesDerbyshire's squad visited Jon Jepson Black Belt Academy in Darley Abbey for a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) session as part of their pre-season training on Thursday.  

The players reported back for pre-season on November 3 and have since been building up their fitness before stepping up their skills-based work.

As part of their pre-season schedule, the squad has been taking part in MMA sessions at the academy in Darley Abbey, designed to improve fitness, endurance and core strength.

Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jamie Tallent said: “We’ve come to Jon Jepson Black Belt Academy in Darley Abbey to do some Mixed Martial Arts training as part of our pre-season.

“The main aims of the sessions will be to improve overall fitness but also teach them the discipline that we want to emphasise within our squad.

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Fixtures Countdown #10: Win at Grace Road

David WainwrightWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

Today, we look back at Derbyshire’s first LV= County Championship victory of the season as Graeme Welch’s men claimed victory in a four-day match at Grace Road for the first time since 1999.

David Wainwright was, unquestionably, the star performer. The 29-year-old hit his maiden first-class ton for Derbyshire, his third first-class career century, before returning figures of 5-54 to dismiss Leicestershire for 210.

It was a match which also saw Mark Footitt claim nine wickets in the match, after he picked up 6-65 in the first innings, as the visitors claimed a nine-wicket win on the final day.

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ECB drive to recruit more female umpires and scorers

ECBThe ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) is set to launch a new female officiating project to encourage more women and girls to become active umpires and scorers in the game.

The ECB ACO currently stands as the largest group of cricket officials in the world, but just six percent of the 7,800 members are female.  The new campaign, which will be unveiled at the end of 2014, sets out to target the recruitment, development and deployment of more female officials across all levels of the game. 

In addition to simply encouraging more women and girls to get involved with officiating in recreational cricket, the project will specifically aims to identify and support talented female umpires through a bespoke development pathway, with the overall aim of preparing them for international match appointments.  

As part of the officiating recruitment drive, England women’s cricketers Tammy Beaumont, Natasha Farrant and Laura Marsh pitted their own umpiring skills against each other and Hawk-Eye ball tracking technology in the MCC Cricket Academy last week.

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VIDEO: Thakor settling into life at Derbyshire

Shiv ThakorShiv Thakor believes Derbyshire’s coaching team can have a big influence on his game after enjoying his first few weeks with the Club.

Derbyshire’s new all-rounder has praised the impact of Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch during pre-season at The 3aaa County Ground.

Thakor says his aim is to become a permanent fixture in the first-team next summer and will work hard to achieve his goal. 

“I’ve absolutely loved it so far,” Thakor said. “It’s great to be back training and working hard again. 

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Poynton: We’ll take Derbyshire to London

DerbyshireExilesWicketkeeper Tom Poynton says he’s been pleased with the response to the inaugural Derbyshire Exiles’ Dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s, on Wednesday 19 November – but tickets are still available.

Poynton missed the entire 2014 season due to injury, but the 24-year-old has still played a leading role around the Club heading-up the Cricket Derbyshire India Club plus a host of other commercial initiatives, including the inaugural Exiles’ Dinner at the Home of Cricket.

“The Derbyshire Exiles is another initiative that has come out of proactive thinking from the Club,” Poynton said.

“The Long Room at Lord’s is such a prestigious venue that, unless you’re an MCC member, you might not get the chance to experience.

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ECB launch new NatWest U19 Club T20 competition

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has launched a brand new NatWest U19 Club T20 competition for recreational cricketers in Derbyshire.

The NatWest U19 Club T20 is a new and vibrant competition that focuses on keeping players engaged in club cricket and encourages increased participation in cricket post-18.

Players had expressed a desire for a new look and feel to club cricket and the NatWest U19 Club T20 offers them exactly what they want – the chance to play to play an exciting brand of cricket.

Take part in fast lively matches, played with and against friends within a great social environment - and a chance to make a local club look and feel different for one night a week.

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2015 fixtures announcement date confirmed

Fixtures2015Derbyshire County Cricket Club can confirm that fixtures for the 2015 season will be announced, on, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

Derbyshire will play 46 days of home cricket during an action-packed summer, which will include the traditional home NatWest T20 Blast derby against local rivals Nottinghamshire, the week-long Chesterfield Festival of Cricket and a three-day tour match against Australia.

In total, Derbyshire will play eight LV= County Championship fixtures, four Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures and seven NatWest T20 Blast fixtures at home in 2015.

The date for the eagerly-anticipated tour match against Michael Clarke’s Australia side has already been confirmed and will take place at the height of the Ashes summer on Thursday 23 July to Saturday 25 July 2015.

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Poynton returns to training

TomPoyntonWicketkeeper Tom Poynton returned to training last week after fully recovering from the injury that ruled him out for the 2014 campaign. 

After a dedicated rehabilitation programme, Poynton was able to join his teammates at the start of preseason last Monday.

“I have achieved my aim of being ready for this pre-season which started on Monday 3 November,” Poynton said. “I can take part in the full pre-season on both the fitness and skills-based side.

“I have been lucky to get back to this point but I have to give a great deal of credit to the medical team I have had around me who have supported me along the way.

"Now it is just about me building my body confidence then working on the footwork for my wicketkeeping.

“Quickly turning and pivoting are the types of functional things I am going to be building up now.

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