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Most Valuable Player rankings system revamped

TheCountyGroundThe FTI MVP ranking system has been overhauled and now features a £10,000 reward for the county cricketer who scoops the top prize, the PCA has revealed.

The system, which got under way again last week, analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis.

FTI MVP points are earned for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held. Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.

Among the changes this year, however, will be more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.

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Superb Chanderpaul leads Derbyshire recovery

ShivnarineChanderpaulAn excellent 96-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jonathan Clare helped spark the Derbyshire fight back, as the hosts recovered from 75-6 to be dismissed for 256 on Day 1 at the County Ground.

Chanderpaul batted for just under four hours for his superb unbeaten 87, as the West Indian international passed 22,000 career first-class runs in the morning session, and partnerships with Jonathan Clare (49) and Tony Palladino (39) helped Derbyshire recover from 75-6 to 256 all out after tea on the opening day.

Nottinghamshire safely navigated the remaining 11 overs in the day, with Ed Cowan unbeaten on 18 and Alex Hales 10 not out, to close an entertaining day’s play on 28-0.

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Replica shirts now on sale at Club Shop

2013FLt20Replica Friends Life t20 and LV= County Championship shirts are now available to purchase from the Club Shop in the Gateway Centre - so come in and have a look!

The new FLt20 shirts, sponsored by BuyMobiles.Net and Office Care, don the original Derbyshire colours and are now available to purchase from the County Ground.

The Shop also has a limited number of LV= CC white shirts in stock, which are sponsored by The University of Derby, Keepsafe Security and Office Care. 

The Club Shop is located next to the main reception in the Gateway Centre. Adult shirts are available from £39.99 and Junior replica tops are priced from £29.99.

For more information about replica shirts and the Club Shop, please call 01332 388 101.

Register online for Wedding Open Day

WeddingOpenDayDerbyshire County Cricket Club's much anticipated Wedding Open Day takes place at the County Ground next weekend on Sunday, May 12th - and you can now register online.

The day will showcase the beautiful County Ground Marquee as set for a wedding and guests will get the opportunity to stay for an afternoon of cricket as Derbyshire take on Lancashire in the Yorkshire Bank 40, starting at 1.45pm.

The Wedding Open Day is free to anybody who wishes to attend, with gates opening at 11:30am. You can now register your attendance for the Wedding Open Day online by click here.

Guests will be able to meet our dedicated wedding planners, sample some of our delicious canapés and buffet options, and browse a handpicked selection of the best wedding suppliers in Derbyshire. 

Read more: Register online for Wedding Open Day

Information for County Ground opener

TheCountyGroundThe County Ground will host its first home fixture of the 2013 season this week, beginning on Wednesday 24th April.

The Club is looking forward to welcoming supporters back to the County Ground for the first LV= County Championship clash of the season against a Notts side which will include England all-rounder Stuart Broad.

The fixture will also give fans the first opportunity to see world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul in competitive action at Derby, as Karl Krikken’s men aim to claim their first victory of the new campaign.

Tickets: Adult tickets are £12 in advance (by midnight the previous day) or £16 on the day. To purchase your tickets, please call 01332 388 101 or click here.  

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Squad named for Nottinghamshire

DCCCDerbyshire have named a 12-man squad for tomorrow’s LV= County Championship fixture with Nottinghamshire at the County Ground.

Karl Krikken has made just the one change from last week’s defeat against Middlesex, as all-rounder Chesney Hughes misses out in an otherwise unchanged squad for the county’s first home game of the 2013 season.

Derbyshire will be hoping to claim their first win of the new campaign against their local rivals who they last met in the County Championship in September 2007 at Queen's Park, Chesterfield. 

Nottinghamshire’s squad is bolstered by the availability of England all-rounder Stuart Broad who has been given dispensation by the ECB to play.

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Godleman ready to take fight to Nottinghamshire

BillyGodlemanAfter his marathon innings against Middlesex last week, Billy Godleman is now ready to take the fight to Nottinghamshire as the opener prepares to make his home first-class debut.

The left-hander’s five-hour long vigil for 55 helped Derbyshire claim a first innings lead against Middlesex, but five wickets from Tim Murtagh and a hat-trick from Toby Roland-Jones ultimately condemned the visitors to defeat at Lord’s.

Godleman is now looking forward to the challenge of facing an experienced Nottinghamshire attack which will include England’s Stuart Broad and Samit Patel. And the opener is confident that Derbyshire can claim a positive result in their first home game of the new campaign, beginning tomorrow at 11am. 

“Personally it was nice to spend some time at the wicket on Day 1 in the first innings,” Godleman said speaking about last week’s fixture with Middlesex. “But obviously on the flip side as a team we were disappointed with the result at the end.

Read more: Godleman ready to take fight to Nottinghamshire

Book Shop open for business after winter revamp

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The Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop is now open for business during matchdays throughout the 2013 season after it underwent a revamp over the winter.

The shop, located next to the East Midlands Demolition Stand, contains an array of second-hand cricket related, general sport, and fiction and non-fiction books for supporters to purchase at low prices.

Philip Kirby and his team have been hard at work over the winter months collecting stock and refurbishing the shop ready for the start of the new season at Derby, beginning on Wednesday 24th April against Nottinghamshire.

For more information about tickets for the 2013 season, or to
purchase tickets for the Notts fixture, click here or call 01332 388 101.

Academy players support NatWest Cricket Force at Belper Meadows

AcademyBelperBy Oliver Perason (Mini Academy)

During every young man’s Easter holidays, his desire is to sleep till late and lounge around the house, but this was very different for members of the Derbyshire Academy and Mini Academy as on Friday 5th April they handed their support to local club Belper Meadows.

As part of their annual NatWest Cricket Force weekend, we helped the club get their clubhouse and playing facilities prepared for the new season.

We were split up and set our individual jobs by Belper’s Vice-Chairman, Phil Hudson.  Nathan, Callum and Brownie were directed in the direction of the large pile of wooden pallets behind the club house, taking the nails out of these pallets to de-construct them and then using them to hold together the new fence which was being put up and shaped by myself and Kabeer.

Rahib and Peaty were sent on their way in the direction of the fence to paint, where they were joined by Joe and BC-L. 

Read more: Academy players support NatWest Cricket Force at Belper Meadows

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