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Cricket Derbyshire and Derby College launch BTEC Sport Academy

FoundationCricket Derbyshire and Derby College are working in partnership to create the inaugural Cricket Derbyshire Sport Academy, launching in September 2014.

The BTEC Academy will offer a range of training and qualifications for young adults aged 16 to 19.

It will offer young people in Derbyshire of all abilities - who are interested in sport, cricket events, competency and coaching - the opportunity to gain further education qualifications and to enhance further employment opportunities.

Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “The Cricket Derbyshire BTEC Sport Academy is an exciting new venture designed to develop cricket talent within Derbyshire, both as recreational players and coaches.

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Palladino hoping to return to winning ways vs Essex

TonyPalladinoTony Palladino says the squad are determined to get back on track in the Royal London One-Day Cup when they face Essex at The 3aaa County Ground on Sunday 10 August; 10.30am start.

Palladino returned career-best figures of 5-49 yesterday, but Derbyshire fell short against Lancashire at Derby, their first loss in the new rebranded tournament.

“Obviously I’m very happy with my own personal performance but I think as a team we are disappointed as how many we let them get to," Palladino said. "If we had been at our best, we would have been able to restrict them to around 280.

“We didn’t quite get the rub of the green early on when a few balls went just wide or just above our fielders so on another day we might have had a few early breakthroughs.

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Palladino claims maiden five-wicket haul but Derbyshire fall short

TonyPalladinoTony Palladino claimed a maiden List A five-wicket haul, but it was in vein as Lancashire claimed victory at The 3aaa County Ground. 

Derbyshire were unbeaten in three matches but a target of 301 proved beyond them as Wayne White took 4 for 33 to bowl out the hosts for 199, with skipper Wayne Madsen top-scoring with 49.

Lancashire’s total of 300 for 8, which was their highest against Derbyshire in one-day cricket, was built around half-centuries from Ashwell Prince, Karl Brown, Alex Davies and Steven Croft with Palladino returning his best limited overs figures of 5 for 49.

The Falcons lost early wickets and when Madsen was fifth out to White with 200 still needed, the game was up.

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Planning application submitted for ground development

PavilionDerbyshire County Cricket Club has submitted a planning application to Derby City Council ahead of proposed ground development.

The Club shared its vision for a multi-million ground development scheme at The 3aaa County Ground  to members at the March AGM and providing permission is obtained, is aiming to commence work on this first phase during the close season.

Phase one of the development will see the Gateway Centre renovated into a state of the art cricket centre of excellence and pavilion, whilst also renovating the Lund Pavilion to create better facilities for members, supporters, sponsors and conference & events customers.

The vision remains to also improve seating facilities around the boundary to create an amphitheatre capable of hosting various levels of international and tourist cricket as well as concerts and community events.

The Club has already secured grant funding of £1.7million following the introduction of the Supervisory Board at the AGM in 2013 and the subsequent approval of the Club’s business plan by the ECB.

There is also potential for additional funding, derived from projected commercial income through ICC global events, which could substantially increase the available pot of money during forthcoming years, to the region of £4million.

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Taylor rewarded with new contract

TomTaylorTom Taylor has been awarded a two-year professional contract, committing him to Derbyshire until the end of the 2016 season. 

The 19-year-old has progressed to the first team from the Cricket Derbyshire Academy, in partnership with the University of Derby, making his first-class debut against Leicestershire back in June.

He has since taken 15 first-class wickets at an average of 30.06, including a maiden five-wicket haul to help setup victory over Gloucestershire.

The Staffordshire-born paceman has also performed a pivotal role in the Falcons’ flying start to the Royal London One-Day Cup with five wickets, in three matches, at an average of 29.

Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “Our plan for bringing future success revolves around proven match-winners alongside home-grown talent such as Tom Taylor.

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Statement on behalf of Belper Amateurs Cricket Club

CricketDerbyshireBelper Amateurs Cricket Club have expressed huge sadness and regret at the tragic death of Neil Dalton – and his university colleague Aidan Bunger - in Malaysia yesterday.

Neil, 22, was a player at Belper Amateurs since childhood, a stalwart of over 100 matches and a great friend of everybody at the Club.

Secretary Pip Nightingale said: “Words can’t describe the devastation this tragedy has caused to everybody within our club.

“Neil and many of our players grew up together - through school and cricket - and have such a strong friendship unit.

“He was a gentleman and a scholar whose trademark red hair was accompanied by a sense of humour second to none.

“He represented the club over 100 times, opening the batting at every level from under 15s right up to First XI, until his academic career took precedence over his amateur cricket.

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Welch focuses on Lancashire showdown

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch says Derbyshire are playing good cricket and are therefore in confident mood ahead of the Royal London One-Day Cup clash versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground today (Thursday); 2pm start.

Derbyshire sit second in Group A, a point behind early leaders Gloucestershire, after securing victories in their opening two fixtures – against Hampshire and Leicestershire – before rain prevented hopes of making it three from three last Thursday away at Worcestershire.

"We were bitterly disappointed," Welch said speaking after the no result at New Road.

"We played some good cricket again and restricted them to probably 10-15 under par on a decent wicket. We thought the wicket was worse than it was but the lads said it was actually a good pitch.

"I would have fancied us chasing that down.

"We said before the game we owed Worcestershire one because they beat us twice in the t20 and in the Championship, when we weren't playing our best cricket. We have come here and we were the better team on the day.

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Derbyshire offer Run Chase Tickets for Lancashire showdown

CelebrationFancy an evening of exciting Royal London One-Day Cup action after work? The Club is offering a Run Chase Ticket  allowing supporters to watch the second innings, after 5.30pm, of the match against Lancashire on Thursday for just £10 (Juniors £2).

The second innings is scheduled to begin at 6.15pm, so supporters can come to The 3aaa County Ground after work to enjoy what will, hopefully, be an exciting run chase. 

Run Chase Tickets (after 5.30pm) are priced at only £10 for adults and £2 for juniors. All tickets for juniors aged 0-5 are free of charge.

The 50-over floodlit fixture commences at 2pm and the full price of entry on the gate – prior to 5.30pm - is £17 Adults, £5 Juniors (£13 Adults and £4 Juniors if purchased in advance of the day of the game). 

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PREVIEW: Lancashire next up at The 3aaa County Ground

#DERvLANAfter two wins and a washout, Derbyshire are aiming to extend their unbeaten start to the Royal London One-Day Cup when they face Lancashire Lightning at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 7 August; 2pm start.

The Falcons convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire on the opening weekend of the rebranded tournament, before rain brought a premature end to the match against Worcestershire last week.

Skipper Wayne Madsen hit his first and second List A centuries in the two victories, which also brought about a Wes Durston hundred and a five-wicket haul for Mark Footitt.

Lancashire, meanwhile, are aiming to bounce back from three straight defeats, the latest of which came against Essex at Chelmsford on Tuesday.

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