While most young people were enjoying the Easter break by not having to get up early, a small group of Academy and Mini Academy players supported the CricketForce event at Elvaston Cricket Club.
On Good Friday morning, such was the commitment of the players to get there that Archie and Alfie Gleadall travelled all the way from Eckington and Elliot and Aaron Hibell completed an hour ride to Elvaston CC on their bikes.
The Academy players were introduced to Club President John Lindsay and Club Chairman Terry Gorman, who quickly got them working on the tasks that needed to be done.
Mr Lindsay took the oldest two members of the group, Greg Cork and Will Davis, off to attach new netting to the frame of the practice nets.
David Wainwright top scored with 52 as Derbyshire posted 229 on the opening day of their three-day friendly with Somerset - the hosts closed on 83-0.
Three quick wickets from paceman Steve Kirby reduced the visitors to 25-3 at Taunton, but the fourth-wicket 62-run partnership between Chesney Hughes and Dan Redfern helped the visitors recover to 96-5 at lunch.
Wainwright and Tom Poynton continued the revival after the break with a 61-run stand, but the pair were removed for 52 and 28 respectively, before a late 29 from Jonathan Clare helped the visitors past 200 after tea. Somerset faced 21 overs in the final session and both Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah were unbeaten at the close.
On a cold morning in Taunton, Trescothick won the toss and elected to field first, and his decision was advocated immediately when Kirby claimed three early wickets in favourable conditions in Somerset.
Wes Durston believes Monday’s three-day friendly with Somerset will act as the perfect benchmark as the side continue their pre-season preparations.
The Derbyshire squad returned from their pre-season tour in Barbados last weekend and have since been hard at work preparing for their first friendly of the year at Taunton on April 1st.
The Taunton-born all-rounder insists Monday’s fixture against a strong Somerset outfit will stand them in good stead ahead of the new campaign, as Derbyshire prepare for life back in the LV= County Championship Division One.
“Obviously coming back from Barbados to this weather has been a bit of a shock, but we are looking forward to going down to Taunton for the three-day friendly,” Durston said.
Chesney Hughes has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract committing the all-rounder to the Club until September 2015.
The left-handed batsman has scored over 1,500 runs in 27 first-class matches since joining the Club in 2009, compiling four centuries since completing first three-figure score in 2010 against Gloucestershire at the age of 19.
Hughes has been a mainstay of the Falcons’ one-day side since making his debut against Warwickshire in 2009, demonstrating the ability to change matches with either bat or ball in both limited-overs formats.
The 22-year-old was in fine form during the recent pre-season tour of Barbados, picking up five wickets in three games and scoring an unbeaten 109 in the opening fixture versus Northamptonshire.
Membership Packs for the 2013 season will be posted to Members on Friday, April 5th.
Packs will include a letter, 2013 Membership Card, car park pass where applicable, two wallet-sized Fixture Cards and an Ambassador Form.
The new Ambassador initiative offers Derbyshire Members £50 cash back for each new Member (not a member in 2012 or 2011) you recruit for the 2013 season.
Simply complete an Ambassador Form and ask the friend or family member you are recommending to submit it alongside their application for Membership.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is welcoming a new era of corporate governance after crucial proposals for reform gained 96% of the Members’ Vote.
Following a month of voting, the result of the ballot on comprehensive changes including a skilled Supervisory Board of six was announced at a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Wednesday 27th March 2013. The proposal, which required a 66% majority, received 614 votes in favour with just 26 against.
As a result, the previous 15-person committee has been disbanded in favour of a Supervisory Board of six and the offices of Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Vice-Chairman are deleted.
A new set of Club Rules have been approved which incorporate specific roles, responsibilities and experience for those serving on the Board.
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire since May 14th 2009, Willie Tucker, has been appointed President of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
The former Midlands Cooperative Society Chief Executive was appointed at the Club’s AGM on Wednesday, March 27th and will serve a one year term until March 2014.
Willie Tucker (pictured above alongside Chairman Chris Grant during a recent visit to the County Ground) was born in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, in 1945, but has lived in Derbyshire for around 40 years, the last 20 in the village of Aston-on-Trent.
His career spanned 45 years with the Co-operative Movement, serving as Midlands Cooperative Society Chief Executive up to the date of his retirement in July 2005.
After enjoying a successful winter in Zimbabwe, all-rounder Peter Burgoyne is now hoping to break into Karl Krikken’s four-day side in 2013, as the Falcons continue their preparations for the new season.
The squad returned from their preseason tour to Barbados at the weekend and are now preparing for their three-day friendly at Taunton on Monday.
Burgoyne, who played two CB40 games for Derbyshire last season, completed two first-class centuries while in Zimbabwe playing for Southern Rocks
The 19-year-old has been impressed with the side’s work ethic during preseason, and he is now hoping that his time abroad can aid his quest to gain more first team action in 2013.
Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place in The Gateway, Derby at 7.30pm this evening (Wednesday 27th March 2013).
As soon as the AGM closes, a Special General Meeting (SGM) will be convened at which the eagerly-awaited results of the governance ballot will be announced.
Both meetings are strictly limited to Members only and The Gateway will be open from 7pm to facilitate early arrivals.
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