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Derbyshire's Magical Christmas Experience

Christmas 2015Join us at The 3aaa County Ground as we transform our suites to capture the magic of Christmas. Read our NEW online brochure today.

Voted the best Christmas venue in Derbyshire in 2014, we are proud to offer you one of the area’s biggest and best venues for party nights over the festive season.

We have everything covered, catering for shared or exclusive party nights for an amazing evening with colleagues, family or friends. 

Arrive and meet your party with a glass of bubbly before feasting on our delicious Derbyshire sourced three course banquet before rockin’ around the Christmas tree into the small hours, as you are entertained by our Live Band and resident DJ.

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Chesney Hughes' ton helps Derbyshire make winning start in UAE

Chesney HughesA blistering century from Chesney Hughes helped Derbyshire get the Abu Dhabi pre-season tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, off to a perfect start as they defeated Worcestershire by six runs.

Chesney Hughes’ innings included a total of five sixes, in addition to nine fours, as the Anguilla-born all-rounder found form in the sweltering heat.

Chesney Hughes struck 112 - and enjoyed a 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Alex Hughes (60) - to guide his team to within two runs of 300 off their 50 overs. 

There was also an important contribution from the returning Tom Poynton - making his first appearance in 12 months - who hit a quick-fire 44 not out as Derbyshire posted 298-9 on a green surface.

Alex Hughes (3-25) then proved to be clinical with the ball for Derbyshire, bowling Daryl Mitchell for 58, removing Richard Oliver for 63 and castling Alexei Kervezee for a golden duck during a devastating spell. 

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Thakor: Lads prepared for pre-season test

Shiv ThakorAll-rounder Shiv Thakor says the squad is fully prepared for their first pre-season fixture of 2015 against Worcestershire on Monday morning in Abu Dhabi. 

The 21-year-old, who signed from Leicestershire towards the end of last season, has enjoyed a successful winter with his new county who have been in training since the start of November preparing for the new campaign.

"It's been a brilliant winter. I've really enjoyed every second of it. I haven't been involved in a team that has been this well prepared before," Thakor said. 

"The training we are doing, the team spirit and just the actual standard is brilliant. It's really exciting.

"The guys have all been great and I've felt a part of it from day one, which has made my job at lot easier to come here and really enjoy playing cricket again.

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3aaa Tour Diary: The hard work begins

3aaa Tour DiaryAfter losing the first day almost totally to travelling, the Derbyshire squad got down to the hard work of training in the searing heat of Abu Dhabi.

Across Saturday and Sunday, the players have spent 12 hours training outside in temperatures up to 30⁰C as part of the Abu Dhabi Tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton. 

Beginning with some important strength and conditioning with Dr Jamie Tallent [Strength & Conditioning Coach] each morning, the players have been working hard to ensure they are fully prepared for the new season.

The coaches are taking full advantage of the impressive Zayed Stadium complex facilities with a range of batting, bowling and fielding drills in the nets and on the stadium outfield.

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#CWC15 Report: Guptill hits half-century as NZ make it five from five

MartinGuptillDerbyshire’s Martin Guptill top scored with 57 as New Zealand made it five wins from five at the Cricket World Cup with a six-wicket win against Afghanistan.

Guptill struck seven fours in his 76-ball innings, ably assisted by Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum who hit a rapid 42 from just 19 balls, as the hosts successfully chased down 187.

This after veteran spinner Daniel Vettori (4-18) claimed four wickets to help dismissed Afghanistan for 186 in 48 overs, despite 54 from Samiullah Shenwari and 56 for Najibullah Zadran.

New Zealand, who have already qualified for the quarter-final stages, maintained their perfect record to cement their spot at the top of Group A.

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Miller: End of indoor school a move forward

GeoffMillerAs work commences on the demolition of the old indoor school, Club President Geoff Miller OBE says it's a signal that the Club is continuing to move forward. 

The work, which is scheduled for completion ahead of the new season, will ensure improved access and car parking for The 3aaa County Ground and in particular the new Pavilion.

Miller, who recently visited the site in which he learned his trade with Derbyshire, says the development work is a necessity as the Club aims to continue its progression both on and off the field.

"You have got to develop the Club or else you lose," Miller said. 

“When we first started you had the indoor school and the nets on the far side and there was nothing else. It was just an open field with a rope around it. The rope hopefully stopped the ball from going another 100 yards.

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Derbyshire CCC announces fourth successive year of profit

The3aaaCountyGroundDerbyshire County Cricket Club has recorded a profit of £1,145 for the financial year ending December 2014; the Club’s fourth successive year of surplus. 

The latest profit signifies the Club’s progress towards long-term sustainability and continues the significant turnaround since Chris Grant’s election as Chairman in 2011 on the back of a £187,037 loss.

The Club attracted its first-ever stadium naming rights deal with 3aaa Aspire Achieve Advance, as well as taking the number of local businesses in the 1870 Business Club to over 80 and retaining Membership income to within 2% on the back of relegation.

Derbyshire’s investment in cricket is continuing to increase, backed by business growth and supported by a programme of facilities investment, in partnership with the England & Wales Cricket Board and Derby City Council.

The Club is targeting continual growth as a business in forthcoming years following a £1millon investment in facilities during the current close season; and a further £2.4million pledged for the next three years.

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Madsen: Squad fully prepared for Abu Dhabi

WayneMadsenThe Derbyshire first-team squad fly out to Abu Dhabi on Friday morning for the pre-season tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, and Wayne Madsen is relishing the trip.

Derbyshire will play county opposition in the form of Middlesex and Worcestershire, in addition to a Twenty20 fixture versus ICC Associates XI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The matches in Abu Dhabi will be the first opportunity for the squad to play some competitive cricket after over four months of pre-season training. Madsen is looking forward to spending time in the middle and creating momentum ahead of the new season in April.

“We have had a good winter's training so far and we can’t wait to get out to Abu Dhabi,” Madsen said.

“The guys are really looking forward to getting outside and taking the skills that we have been training in the Elite Performance Centre for four or five months into the green grass of Abu Dhabi. It will be great to get back into the middle and play some cricket.

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3aaa Apprentice to join squad in Abu Dhabi

AbuDhabiDerbyshire’s Digital Marketing Apprentice, Neil Bates, will be joining the first team squad on their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi - a trip of a lifetime made possible by a 3aaa Apprenticeship.

Neil, who has been a member of the Club’s Media and Marketing Department since June 2014, will be providing the media coverage, in association with 3aaa, of Derbyshire’s 10-day tour in the United Arab Emirates.

The First Team squad fly out to Abu Dhabi on Friday 6 March and will compete in both red and white ball action against first-class opposition - including Worcestershire and Middlesex - before returning on Monday 16 March.

Neil, who lives in Mickleover, will be following the squad every step of the way as preparations for the new season enter its final stages.

Neil said: “I am extremely grateful to both the Club and 3aaa for giving me this fantastic opportunity.

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