The Derbyshire versus Essex Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture on Sunday 9th June has been switched from the County Ground, Derby, to Highfield, Leek.
The match comes three years on from a thrilling contest between the same two counties at Highfield in 2010 when 547 runs were scored and Essex won by five wickets.
A Friends Life t20 fixture between Derbyshire and Warwickshire followed in 2011 when a bumper crowd witnessed the home side emerge victorious by six wickets.
No match at Leek was possible within the 2012 schedule but, with the support of Leek Cricket Club and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, county cricket is making its eagerly awaited return.
The 1993 Benson and Hedges Cup-winning Derbyshire team was re-united at the County Ground on Thursday in front of 150 members and supporters.
Derbyshire Cricket Society hosted the successful event in the Gateway Centre in association with the County Club to mark the 20th anniversary of the trophy.
Eight of the 11 players who trod the famous Lord’s turf on 10th July 1993 and defeated the highly-fancied Lancashire team were present; Chris Adams, Peter Bowler, Frank Griffith, Karl Krikken, Devon Malcolm, Ole Mortensen, Tim O’Gorman and Allan Warner. Dominic Cork was unavailable owing to work commitments.
Also present were former Derbyshire batsman, Alan Hill, who was the acting Chief Executive in 1993, Ann Brentnall, the physiotherapist, and other former players Bernie Maher and Matthew Vandrau.
The venue is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque outgrounds in cricket and the club has joined the list of corporate pledges by making a donation to the fund; with £18,800 required to install the new facility.
Whilst the old scorebox has served Queen’s Park well down the years, the proposed new digital scoreboard will greatly enhance the spectator experience with a full display available for county matches and part display for club fixtures.
Chesterfield CC is hoping for 100 individual and 20 corporate pledges, which would raise £4,000 towards the £18,800 total cost.
Martin Guptill (pictured), a 25-year-old New Zealand Test batsman, joined the county in 2011 and played all formats of the game during the latter half of the season.
In 2012, he played in the first eight games of Derbyshire’s Division Two title-winning season, scoring 594 runs at an average just under 50 with two centuries and two fifties.
At the conclusion of the forum, there will also be an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposed changes.
The Forum date is as follows:
Following the proposed upgrade to the corporate governance of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, profiles of each member of the proposed six man Advisory Board are outlined here: David Griffin, Chris Grant, David Booth, Kevin Dean, Rob Tice and Sir John Gains.
Each elected Supervisory Director will be responsible for bringing independent judgment to bear on issues of strategy and business / cricket performance, thereby helping to ensure that the Supervisory Board maintains responsibility for the effective stewardship of the Club in line with Members’ interests.
The Club’s Chief Executive - Simon Storey, Finance Manager – Peter Rose and Head Coach – Karl Krikken would also sit (but not vote) on the new Supervisory Board. They would continue to be responsible for the day to day running of the Club on and off the field.
Following the first of two Members’ Forums on a proposed upgrade to the corporate governance of the Club, a list of answers to frequently asked questions is outlined here.
Over 50 members attended the forum at the County Ground, Derby, on Monday 25th February which will be replicated in the Pavilion at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, on Monday 4th March at 7pm.
Twelve members of the existing General Committee were present and a number of the questions that were answered are outlined here.
At the conclusion of both forums, there will also be an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposed changes.
The proposal follows a General Committee Meeting on 28th January, 2013 when the Committee voted in favour of a leaner and more professional body to better represent the Club and its Membership and also to pave the way to secure ECB funding for significant ground development.
The Committee is recommending the Club moves to a model similar to that used by mutual building societies with an elected Supervisory Board of Directors comprising six individuals with the specific skills required to help run the business. These changes would ensure a better-equipped Supervisory Board to run the Club on behalf of the Members.
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