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Derbyshire announces another profit

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has recorded a profit of £23,310 for 2012; the club’s sixth surplus in seven years.

The latest profit comes despite an unprecedented wet summer which saw key fixtures such as the Friends Life t20 contest against Nottinghamshire Outlaws decimated by rain.

The announcement comes at a pivotal moment in the Club’s 142-year history as Members vote on a new model of governance; an integral strand of the recently announced six point strategy for the sustainability and financial security of the Club.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: ‘After a very challenging summer for English cricket, in which we were competing with both the weather and sporting spectacles such as the London Olympics and Euro 2012; our financial results for the year are very pleasing indeed.

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Derbyshire confirms pre-season schedule

Derbyshire’s pre-season tour of Barbados will be followed by further friendly matches versus Somerset and Nottinghamshire prior to the start of the 2013 campaign.

After opening their Barbados tour programme with a two day fixture versus Northamptonshire starting Wednesday 13th March, Derbyshire will contest the T20 Barbados Cup during the weekend that follows having been paired with Warwickshire Bears in the opening round of fixtures.

The Caribbean action concludes with a two day fixture versus Yorkshire on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March.

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Sri Lanka Blog Days 6 & 7 - Wayne Madsen and Tony Palladino

Training day five started with a prehab session that was two men short!

The aptly named "Sri Lanka pants" has claimed a second Derbyshire victim. Johnno seems to have picked up a similar bug to Dino #GoingDownLikeFlies

The Hampshire boys arrived today and along with them, the FIFA 13 banter! The games have kicked off and FIFA 'Don' Redfern seems to be flying the flag high for The Falcons!

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Season of Success 2012: Through the Lens of David Griffin - 12 photographs from 2012

KarlKrikkenOnly five times in over 140 years has Derbyshire won a trophy.

There have been times since 1993 – when Derbyshire beat Lancashire at Lord’s to win the Benson and Hedges Cup – when it seemed unlikely that there would ever be another piece of silverware to display at The County Ground.

But during the 2012 season, from the gloom, cold and dampness of early season, through the gloom, cold and dampness of high summer, to the gloom, cold and dampness of the season’s end, Derbyshire’s side played dynamic, positive, courageous and skilful cricket and were deservedly promoted as Champions of the LV= County Championship 2nd division.

As the club photographer for the last 9 seasons, following Derbyshire has been a radical departure from simply watching on the boundary. For 31 seasons I was content to sit on the ring and applaud the good shots, moan at the bad ones and generally enjoy the fellowship of cricket-watching.

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club Strategy

Another chance to take a look at Derbyshire County Cricket Club's strategic six-point plan with the aim of inspiring ambition and purpose by promoting cricket in Derbyshire.

Highlights of the ambitious plans include a potential £2.5million development of the County Ground and the formation of a Management Board encompassing the requisite skills to take the Club forward.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The aim of this six-point strategy is to deliver cricketing success supported by long-term business sustainability and financial security. It builds on the nine-point cricket strategy announced by Chairman Chris Grant in July 2011.

“Our primary objective as an off-the-field team is to engage effectively with sponsors, members, supporters, conference customers and the wider community of Derbyshire.

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Derby Telegraph supports strategy

p2bdDerby Telegraph reporter Mark Eklid has been an avid supporter of Derbyshire County Cricket Club during the modern era.

Today he penned a column in support of the Club’s recently announced Six Point strategy for 2013-2019.

Highlights of the ambitious plans include a potential £2.5million development of the County Ground and the formation of a Management Board encompassing the requisite skills to take the Club forward.

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Sri Lanka Blogs Days 3, 4 and 5 – Mark Turner, Dan Redfern and Tom Poynton

MarkTurnerDay 3 - Mark Turner

BREAKING NEWS: ITV have cancelled any future plans to have Dan Redfern on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after eating the caterpillar found in Jonno's broccoli last night.

What a way to finish day 2, anyway onto day 3...

Same time start for the boys, 8am leave from the hotel to get to the ground for a solid 3 hour training session from 9-12.

You know when you're standing getting ready to train, and you’re just dripping with sweat, that it’s going to be a tough day. And that's exactly how it panned out. The humidity is ridiculous, unbearable at times, but I guess those hard conditions make for a tough practising environment which is what we want.

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Cricket Derbyshire unveils new duo

Derbyshire have captured the headlines with their on-field recruitment in recent weeks; but the recently recruited off-field duo of Ryan Duckett and Andrew Bowley could prove equally important.

The pair will help Derbyshire make unprecedented strides in the level of engagement with local communities across the county according to Chief Executive Simon Storey and Head of Development Howard Dytham.

Following the recent alignment of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the Derbyshire Cricket Board under the umbrella of Cricket Derbyshire, the two organisations have pledged a consistent approach to the development of cricket from recreational level through to the professional game.

Duckett, who was responsible for the award-winning Bradford Bulls Community Foundation, will take on the newly inaugurated position of Director of Fundraising and Partnerships. His remit includes providing a self-funding and sustainable profile in the community; increasing public and private sector revenue and harnessing the power of cricket to make a positive impact on communities across Derbyshire.

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Sri Lanka Blogs Day 1 and 2 - Richard Johnson and Tom Knight

Sri Lanka NetsDay 1  - Richard Johnson

So here it is; my first trip away as a Derbyshire player.

Exciting times ahead and Sri Lanka is the destination, where we undertake a 10 day training camp learning to play against spin in tough sub-continental conditions.

However, the first battle ahead is the ridiculously long journey, including a testing 14 hour wait in Mumbai airport... How will we cope?!

I was thinking before the start of this tour: "how on earth can I make a big impression on the lads during my time away? How can I stand out above the rest and really make an impact?" 

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