County cricket set for blast-off in 2014 with a new schedule, new start times and a brand new name for the domestic T20 competition.
ECB today announced the new County fixture schedule for 2014 which will include regular Friday and Sunday start dates for the T20 and four-day competitions respectively, the advent of the new Royal London One-Day Cup and a new name and sponsor for the domestic T20 competition – the NatWest T20 Blast.
Next year’s fixtures will be the first to be played under a new schedule which will run until 2017 and has been introduced based on the recommendations of the Morgan Review into the domestic game and extensive customer feedback from more than 25,000 county cricket fans.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “This schedule has been designed to make the needs of the fans our number one priority.
The 2014 County fixture list will reveal a shake-up in the format of the domestic cricket calendar.
From next season, LV= County Championship fixtures will begin predominately on a Sunday, while the new-look Domestic Twenty20 competition will be held largely on Friday nights throughout the entire summer.
The structure of the four-day tournament will remain the same, with Derbyshire beginning life back in Division Two as they aim for an immediate return to the top-tier.
The Twenty20 competition, however, has been rebranded, with new game-wide sponsors NatWest on board, and Derbyshire will find themselves in a group of nine from next year.
The extended group will consist of the same five teams from 2013 - Nottinghamshire Outlaws, Lancashire Lightning, Yorkshire Vikings, Leicestershire Foxes and Durham Dynamos - plus Warwickshire Bears, Worcestershire Royals and Twenty20 Champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
The new-look calendar means these fixtures will be played predominately under floodlights on a Friday night across the whole summer, giving supporters the best opportunity to see the Falcons in Twenty20 action in 2014.
Captain Wayne Madsen says Derbyshire County Cricket Club will be competing for major titles within three years.
The 29-year-old, who recently signed a new three-year contract committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season, spoke to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter about his new deal, his incredible 2013 campaign and his hopes for the upcoming season.
The two-time Club Player of the Year was thrilled to receive a new contract at the end of year and can’t wait for the new season as Derbyshire push for success in all formats.
“It was a difficult season as a team, but on a personal note I probably enjoyed the best season of my career,” Madsen said.
“It’s obviously nice to be awarded a new deal at the end of the season. I owe a lot to the Club who gave me my first chance.
“I now hope to continue progressing my own game and helping develop a side that can compete in Division One consistently. This will be the goal over the next three seasons.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club was awarded the Best Community Programme prize at last night's ECB Business of Cricket Awards.
The Club picked up the prestigious industry award for its dedicated work, alongside the Derbyshire Cricket Board, within local communities across the whole of Derbyshire.
The award is focused upon how the Club has developed and strengthened relationships with their local County Board with the aim at boosting attendance and participation with maximum inclusion.
Derbyshire's Director of Partnerships Ryan Duckett said: "We're delighted with the award. It's a great reward for a lot of hard work that's gone into the Cricket Derbyshire partnership over the last 12 months.
"We've been working closely with 267 schools and 125 community clubs, engaging with over 30,000 young people to bring cricket to the communities of Derbyshire.
Paceman Tony Palladino's latest column for The Cricketer Magazine, as he offers a brilliant insight into the mind of his former team-mate and current England Captain Alastair Cook.
I will never forget the day I first met the future England captain Alastair Cook. Essex v Somerset in the ECB two-day under-17 semi final at Shenley. Cooky had been drafted in to the team as a 15-year-old fresh from a youth world cup and looked a little nervous as he walked into the changing room.
Chatting to him in the warm-up his voice hadn’t quite yet broken and still had some high-pitched notes to it but he seemed very calm and keen to impress. Opening the batting, I think he made only 20 or 25 but the technique and temperament that he’s exhibited throughout his career was plain to see. This lad was a player.
Over the next few years I watched that young choirboy grow into the man he is today. In the dressing room you couldn't ask for a better team-mate, always willing to help out with throw downs or to hit some catches. His personality is as you see on tv. Never flustered and generally always calm. He knows how to enjoy himself though and with his best friend Mark Pettini in tow, a good night was always had if the opportunity arose.
West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the next man to sit down with former all-rounder Jake Needham as he answers quick-fire questions about his Derbyshire team-mates.
This is the next in a series of quick-fire interviews with members of the playing and coaching staff as they reveal all about their fellow Derbyshire colleagues.
Who is the comedian in the team?
I would have to say Tina [Mark Turner]. He’ll see anything and make a joke out of it. He’s a really funny guy.
Who is the worst driver?
So far the guys have been pretty steady. I haven’t had any issues with them so far!
Who has the safest pair of hands?
I would say Madders is the one I’ve seen who has taken some seriously good catches for us. I must say that the rest of us have dropped a few, so I will have to go with Madders.
Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey says 2014 Membership balances good value with the desire to invest in the Club’s ambition for future success.
Membership is now on sale and including the chance to make savings of £15 if purchased by the 31st January Early Bird deadline.
All regular season matches are once again included meaning Members can enjoy the three-day match against India in July at no extra charge, as well as eight home LV= County Championship matches and a combined 12 games across the Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest 20-over competitions.
Storey has been pleased with the initial response and hopes supporters will get on board as the Club continues in its quest to bring sustainable success to the county.
“We are very sensitive to the difficult economic times and with the 2014 Membership packages, we’re balancing the need to offer good value Membership with the desire to invest in the Club’s ambition for success,” he said.
New recruit Scott Elstone says he can have an impact in all formats with both bat and ball in 2014.
The former Nottinghamshire all-rounder recently signed an incremental contract for the upcoming season after enjoying a successful trial period with the Club in 2013.
The 23-year-old, who made is List A debut for Derbyshire in August against Essex, has since been training with the rest of the playing squad in Derby as preparations begin for the new season.
He hopes a winter with the Derbyshire coaching staff will help him break into Karl Krikken's side as the Club look to compete on all fronts next summer.
“Watching the lads play in Division One last year was a big thing. I would love us get back into the First Division in the near future,” Elstone said.
“I’ll be doing everything I can, as I’m sure my team-mates will too, to get us back in the top flight.
The County fixture list for the 2014 season will be announced on Tuesday 26th November – and supporters can find out first who Derbyshire will be facing next season at derbyshireccc.com.
Defeat on the final day of the 2013 season confirmed relegation for Karl Krikken’s side who, despite claiming three LV= County Championship Division One victories in the Club’s first year back in the top flight, will ply their trade in the second tier next season.
The squad reported back for the start of their pre-season training programme last week and will be at the County Ground five-days-a-week throughout the winter to ensure they are physically prepared for the new season.
Captain Wayne Madsen will once again lead the side after the 29-year-old recently signed a new three-year contract committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
Madsen will join Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who enters the second year of his deal with the Club, and paceman Mark Footitt, who put pen-to-paper on a new contract keeping him at county until the end of the 2015 season, in the Derbyshire line-up for 2014.
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