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Groenewald: It was a valuable experience

TimGroenewaldTim Groenewald says Derbyshire’s first year back in Division One was a valuable experience and will hold them in good stead as they push for promotion next season.

The 29-year-old led the seam attack in 2013 picking up 45 first-class wickets – including three five-wicket hauls – in a stand-out LV= County Championship campaign.

His efforts, however, were unable to keep Derbyshire in the top flight for a second year as defeat in the final fixture to Warwickshire confirmed relegation.

“It’s disappointing to go down after a long season,” Groenewald said.

“But to have that experience in Division One and letting our youngsters experience that sort of cricket was certainly valuable - and something the guys will never forget. 

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1870 Business Club member walks length of Derbyshire

MSSocietyWalkLocal businessman and 1870 Business Club member, Peter Milner of Milner Commercial, has proudly become one of the first men to walk the entire length of Derbyshire to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Peter, who is one of over 70 local business people to be a member of the Club’s 1870 Business Club, along with six companions stood at the grave of Sir Nigel Gresley on Monday to mark the completion of their 95-mile trek.

The walk began at Wessenden Head on the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border on Thursday 3rd October, the fundraisers then traveled to the summit of Black Hill and continued over Bleaklow and Kinder, followed by crossing the entire length of the White Peak and finally to Derby before finishing in Netherseal. 

On their arrival at Netherseal, the group became the first to travel across the length of the county without leaving its borders.

Their efforts have so far raised over £7,000 for the MS Society and to celebrate their incredible feat the society will be holding a Walk Presentation Night on Thursday 23rd October at Derby MS Activity Centre.

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Madsen: We'll be back even stronger

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen says Derbyshire can take the positives from their first season back in the top flight – and be back even stronger in 2014.

Madsen led from the front scoring 1,221 LV= County Championship runs in 2013, compiling three centuries and guiding his side to three Division One victories. 

But defeat in the final fixture to Warwickshire at the County Ground confirmed that Karl Krikken’s side will ply their trade in Division Two next season.

Madsen, however, is confident that his young side will be better off after their top flight experiences as the side aim to bounce back at the first attempt next season.

“There’s a huge determination that now we’ve had a taste of Division One we will be striving to make sure that we get back,” the 29-year-old said.

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[VIDEO] Supporters to vote for catch of the year

BillyGodlemanWhat a catch! Pick your favourite catch from the 2013 season for a chance to win a DCCC Programme signed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

At the conclusion of the 2013 season we are looking back at some of the highlights from an historical campaign for Wayne Madsen’s side.

We are asking supporters to pick their favourite catch – and we have three crackers to choose from:

Will it be Billy Godleman’s superb effort running backwards against Leicestershire, David Wainwright’s one-handed grab against the same opponents or Mark Turner’s ridiculous running diving catch against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge?

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Derbyshire sign Elstone

scottelstoneFormer Nottinghamshire batsman Scott Elstone has signed a one-year incremental contract with Derbyshire after impressing in the Second XI in 2013.

The Falcons agreed terms with the 23-year-old but have released Alasdair Evans whose one-year contract has come to an end. Batsman Ben Slater has also not been offered a contract at the present time.

Elstone scored 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, during an extended trial period in 2013 - as well as making his Derbyshire debut in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Essex.

Burton born and a product of the Nottinghamshire Academy, Elstone played 34 limited-overs matches for the Outlaws prior to departing Trent Bridge in 2012.

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[VIDEO] Chanderpaul lends support to charity in memory of David Smyth

ShivnarineChanderpaulShivnarine Chanderpaul took time out of his busy schedule to hold a private coaching session with a local cricketer - after donating the money-can't-buy prize to support ‘Balls to Cancer’ in memory of the late David Smyth.

The world number two Test batsman welcomed Roger Cartwright to the County Ground, after the Stainsby Hall batsman won the prize in a silent auction run by staff at Virgin Active to battle testicular cancer in the wake of David’s death from the disease earlier this year.

His colleagues at the Virgin Active gym, where he worked as a personal trainer, hope to raise money through the auction as well as other fund raising activities for their chosen charity ‘Balls to Cancer’.

David was a keen and very able cricketer for Derbyshire County League side Stainsby Hall - and fittingly the winner of this exclusive prize was from the same club.

Speaking after the session, Chanderpaul said:  “It’s great that I can lend my support and help the charity set-up in memory of David Smyth.

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Derbyshire on course for long-term success

SimonStoreyChief Executive Simon Storey says, despite relegation, Derbyshire is continuing to build a Club capable of sustainable success in the long-term.

Wayne Madsen’s men claimed three victories in their first season back in the top flight for over a decade, but defeat to Warwickshire last week confirmed the side’s relegation from Division One.

Storey, however, remains upbeat citing the experience the players have gained during a historic LV= County Championship season.

“It was clearly a disappointing end to the season - but this is about a learning experience,” he said.

“When we entered the season we were everyone’s favourites to finish bottom.

“It was clearly a tough ride at the beginning and it took us some time to adjust. But when we look at what we achieved - particularly in the second half of the season - and still being in it with one game to go was fantastic.

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Hosein in England Development Programme

HarveyHoseinCricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy member Harvey Hosein has been selected to take part in the England Development Programme this winter.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was a regular in Stephen Stubbings’ Second XI this season, compiling 119 runs and displaying exceptional skill behind the stumps.

His performances has warranted the 17-year-old a call-up to the England Development Programme, who will be holding a training camp at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

The development camp will lead into a competitive training camp in Sri Lanka during the Easter holiday, which will feature fixtures against Sri Lanka Under-17.

England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney OBE said: “This winter will offer great development opportunities for this squad of young players.

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Madsen scoops top prize for second year

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen became the first player to retain Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Player of the Year award outright since the turn of the century at last night's presentation evening.

The 29-year-old scooped the prestigious prize for a second straight year in recognition for an impressive 2013 season in which he hit 1,628 runs and became the first man to reach 1,000 Championship runs, achieving the feat against Middlesex at the County Ground, Derby in August. 

He also captained the side admirably, leading the team to three LV= County Championship Division One victories in Derbyshire's first season back in the top flight for over a decade.

Chesney Hughes, meanwhile, picked up two awards; Yorkshire Bank 40 Player of the Year and the Eddie Barlow Inspirational Performance Award for his record-breaking unbeaten 270 against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie back in April. 

The list of winners in full is as follows:

Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy Player of the Year (In memory of Jack Swindell): Ben Cotton

Chris Warne Shield for Academy Performance: Greg Cork – Second XI 77 v Leicestershire

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