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Cotton thanks Book Shop volunteers

BenCottonBen Cotton has thanked Phil Kirby and the dedicated volunteers at the Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop for raising the funds that financed his 2014 summer contract. 

The Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby graduate was awarded his first summer contract at the close of the 2013 campaign; thanks to the Book Shop, its volunteers and the generosity of Members and supporters.

Sales soared after the Book Shop underwent a refurbishment prior to last summer, raising over £3,500. All proceeds support the development of young Derbyshire cricketers.

That helped fund summer contracts for Cotton and his fellow Academy graduates Tom Taylor and Greg Cork, and the trio now have an opportunity to progress their Derbyshire careers in 2014.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Phil Kirby and the rest of the Book Shop volunteers for their amazing efforts last season,” Cotton said.

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Happy New Year from everyone at Derbyshire

MerryChristmasDerbyshire County Cricket Club would like to wish all of our Members, supporters, 1870 Business Club Members and everyone connected to the Club a Happy New Year.

The Club would again like to thank you all for your support in 2013 and we look forward to welcoming you back to the County Ground, Derby, and Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in 2014.

We remind supports that the Club's Membership Services Department will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 6th January.

Any supporters wishing to renew Membership for the 2014 season can post their applications, using the free return envelope enclosed in Membership packs, throughout the festive period and Memberships will be processed in the New Year.

The online counter for purchasing Membership, Six Pack Tickets and/or Matchday Tickets will also remain open during this period at derbyshireccc.com with orders, again, being processed in the New Year.  Click here to purchase Membership or tickets online>>>

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Geoff Miller gets OBE in New Year’s Honours list

GeoffMillerFormer Derbyshire Captain Geoff Miller has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The 61-year-old has earned the award for a lifetime’s service to cricket, which included 254 first-class and 244 one-day appearances for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1986, before returning for a single season in 1990.

After retiring from the professional game, he joined the national selection panel in 2000 and took on the role as National Selector in 2008. Since then, England has won three successive Ashes series, their first global one-day trophy and taken over as number one in the Test rankings.

Miller will step down as chief selector in the New Year after six successful years in the job.

Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant said: "Everyone at Derbyshire County Cricket Club would like to congratulate Geoff Miller on receiving this special honour. It's a fitting reward for over 40 years of loyal service to the game."

During a glittering playing career, the Chesterfield-born all-rounder claimed 888 first-class wickets at 27.98 and scored 12,027 runs at 26.49.

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Gerald Mortimer dies at the age of 77

GeraldMortimerFormer Derby Evening Telegraph Sports Editor and Chief Sports Correspondent Gerald Mortimer died last night at the age of 77.

Gerald covered Derbyshire cricket for near-on four decades as the Derby Telegraph’s cricket correspondent, combining that with his coverage of Derby County Football Club for the same newspaper.

He is one of only four non-cricketers to have received an Honorary Life Membership of the club.

Sympathies from all at Derbyshire CCC are extended to everybody close to Gerald who described the 1981 NatWest Trophy victory over Northamptonshire, at Lord’s, as his most emotional day in Journalism.

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Derbyshire Advent Calendar: Day 24

DerbyshireAdventJoin Derbyshire County Cricket Club as we countdown to Christmas with our very own special Derbyshire Advent Calendar.

Each day in December we will open a new door on the Derbyshire digital Advent Calendar, available on our Facebook page, revealing a new surprise each day. 

We will be publishing videos and running competitions throughout the festive period as we continue our build-up to Christmas and the 2014 season, which beings with a trip to Grace Road to face Leicestershire in the LV= County Championship on Sunday 6th April.

December 24th
Today with Derbyshire Advent Calendar we are joined by batsmen Ben Slater and Paul Borrington who go head-to-head in our short quiz, as we ask them how many first-class runs has Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit in his long career?

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Regional Representatives air Members’ views

CricketDerbyshireDerbyshire County Cricket Club Regional Representatives met with the Supervisory Board last week to discuss topics Members have put forward.

Regional Representatives, who act as representatives for Members within each region across the county, spoke about a variety of matters which the Members within their district have brought up since the close of the 2013 campaign.

It was also a chance for Regional Representatives to understand more about the goings on at the Club, including the recently announced Elite Cricket Performance model, in order to relay the information back to their Members.

Derby City Regional Representative Alan Flintoff said: “It was a good opportunity for the Regional Representatives to put forward the concerns of Members within our own districts.

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Moore gunning for trophies

StephenMooreNew signing Stephen Moore is hoping to win silverware with his new Club.

The former England Lions, Lancashire and Worcestershire opener has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire.

The 32-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the dressing room after amassing over 8,800 runs at an average of 36.39 during his first-class career spanning over a decade.

Moore, who highlighted the involvement of Captain Wayne Madsen as a key factor in his decision to join the Club, is looking forward to playing his part in a successful future.

“I’m really looking forward to the prospect of representing Derbyshire,” he said.

“When I got told about the interest from Derbyshire and I had conversations with Wayne [Madsen], it was an easy decision to join.

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Derbyshire Advent Calendar: Day 23

DerbyshireAdventJoin Derbyshire County Cricket Club as we countdown to Christmas with our very own special Derbyshire Advent Calendar.

Each day in December we will open a new door on the Derbyshire digital Advent Calendar, available on our Facebook page, revealing a new surprise each day. 

We will be publishing videos and running competitions throughout the festive period as we continue our build-up to Christmas and the 2014 season, which beings with a trip to Grace Road to face Leicestershire in the LV= County Championship on Sunday 6th April.

December 23rd
Today with Derbyshire Advent Calendar we look at new signing Stephen Moore's one-day career with Lancashire, showing what Derbyshire supporters can look forward to in all forms over the next two seasons.

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Cricket Derbyshire seek Charity Partners for 2014

CricketDerbyshireCricket Derbyshire is inviting applications to be one of three official charity partners for 2014.

Selected partners will work closely with the professional club and the Cricket Board throughout the year to support the charity’s fundraising efforts and to increase recognition for its cause.

After a large number of applications in 2013, the Cricket Derbyshire Partnership Group selected Sight Support Derbyshire, Derbyshire Community Foundation and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance as official partners.

Cricket Derbyshire's Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: "We have worked very closely with all three of our charity partners during the last year and we hope to develop similar partnerships in 2014. This is a great opportunity for us to use our profile and network to enhance the incredible charity work that is already being done across the county.

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