Talks between Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Derby City Council regarding potential redevelopment of the County Ground, Derby, are ongoing and the Club will meet Council officials in two week’s time.
The Club has been granted £1.7 million in England & Wales Cricket Board funding which is ring-fenced for ground development and the aspiration is to create a stunning outdoor amphitheatre capable of hosting international cricket, concerts and other community events.
Chief Executive Simon Storey confirmed the Club is assessing all viable options and expressed the importance of City Council support for the vision to become a reality in the city of Derby.
He said: “We have to increase the playing budget to increase the probability of competing with the bigger counties, otherwise we will always be fighting above our weight and that’s a really tough job to do.
Tony Palladino says Derbyshire will battle all the way in an attempt to secure Division One cricket for next season.
The 30-year-old paceman returned season-best figures of 6-90 against Durham last week. But a ruthless spell from Graham Onions condemned Karl Krikken's men to defeat in their penultimate match of the 2013 campaign.
The loss has moved Wayne Madsen’s side into the bottom two, but Palladino insists the squad have not given up and will fight hard in their final LV= County Championship fixture against Warwickshire, starting on Tuesday 24th September.
Speaking to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter, Palladino said: “We are all gutted after the Durham game.
“We stayed in touch with the champions-elect for the best part of four days, but a bad session blew all our hard work.
Despite the efforts of Tony Palladino – a brutal spell of bowling from Graham Onions handed Durham victory on an astonishing final day at the County Ground.
The hosts battled hard to reduce their visitors from 257-4 to 325 all out just before lunch, with Palladino (6-90) claiming four wickets to end the innings with six.
But during an extraordinary afternoon session, Onions (5-23) and Chris Rushworth (3-31) claimed eight wickets between them to disintegrate the Derbyshire line-up and dismiss Karl Krikken’s side for their lowest ever Championship total against Durham.
Requiring just 37 to win, the visitors lost Mark Stoneman for seven to that man again Palladino, but it only delayed the inevitable as Paul Collingwood’s title-contenders reached their victory target inside nine overs to close a remarkable day in which 17 wickets fell.
And with Somerset securing a seven-wicket win over Surrey at Taunton, Wayne Madsen’s men have now slipped back into the bottom two with one fixture remaining against Warwickshire, beginning on Tuesday 24th September at Derby.
A century partnership between Scott Borthwick and Will Smith frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on Day Three at the County Ground.
Borthwick (89) and Smith (81) batted for almost two sessions to repel the hosts’ attack - adding 159 runs to put their side in a strong position on 227-2.
Karl Krikken’s men finally found the breakthrough just before tea courtesy of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (1-7), before Mark Footitt (1-78) claimed a second with the new ball.
But only eight overs were bowled in the final session before rain forced an early closure with Durham 257-4.
Resuming on 82-2, Borthwick (89) and Smith (81) batted for over a session and a half on the penultimate day to add 159 runs for the third wicket.
The Cricket Derbyshire Customer Promise has been launched – including a pledge to create inspiring moments and memories for members and other customers.
The six point promise provides a blueprint for how the club engages with its members, supporters, sponsors and event customers at the County Ground or Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.
Lyndsey Tanner, who brings 15 years of customer management experience from Yves Saint Laurent and Weight Watchers, is the newly appointed champion of the Promise having taken on the position of Member & Supporter Services Manager.
She said: “I’m delighted to join a sporting institution with great history and a loyal base of supporters, in particular the Members who come back year-after-year to support the team and live and breathe the sport of cricket.
“Sometimes the cricket results will be good, sometimes they will be disappointing. But it is our ambition that the off-field team ensures the best possible experience for everyone visiting our ground.
Paul Borrington top scored with 75 – but quick wickets with the second new ball helped Durham fightback on Day Two at the County Ground.
Borrington hit eight fours during his patient innings - during which he shared a 106-run stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53) to move the hosts onto 206-2 shortly after lunch.
But Chris Rushworth (5-47) and Graham Onions (4-62) tore through the Derbyshire middle-order with the new ball, claiming the last seven wickets for just 56 runs to dismiss the hosts for 298.
Tony Palladino (2-19), however, responded with two late wickets to leave the match finely poised with Durham 82-2, trailing by 216 runs.
Resuming on 99-1, Derbyshire lost Captain Wayne Madsen (32) in the first over of the day – but a stubborn stand between Borrington and Chanderpaul helped the hosts recover from 100-2 to 206-2.
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And they were further boosted by the grassroots cricket club they support, Belper Meadows, lifting the Derbyshire County League Division 6 North title at the weekend.
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Persistent rain cut short the opening day with Durham at the County Ground - after Derbyshire had reached 99-1 shortly after lunch.
Despite the bad weather, play started on time and Wayne Madsen (32*) and Paul Borrington (30*) shared a 62-run stand to close a successful morning for the hosts.
But just the solitary over was bowled after the interval before constant rain washed out the remainder of the day.
Despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Karl Krikken's men made a promising start adding 33 runs for the opening wicket.
Ben Slater - who struck three fours - was the first man out, bowled by Chris Rushworth for 13. And the hosts almost lost a second wicket when Madsen edged Graham Onions, but he was put down at third slip on 17.
The Derbyshire Captain took advantage of his early reprieve, hitting six fours to close unbeaten on 32 as part of an unbroken 66-run partnership with Borrington, who remained undefeated on 30 at stumps.
But the weather's untimely intervention meant only one over was bowled after lunch and no further play was possible, with Derbyshire 99-1 after 31 overs.
Mark Turner has been added to Derbyshire's matchday squad for their crunch LV= County Championship fixture with Durham at the County Ground, beginning tomorrow (10.30am start).
The 28-year-old paceman has been included to replace fellow seamer Matt Higginbottom who has been ruled out with injury.
Victory over Somerset last week moved Wayne Madsen's men out of the bottom two in Division One ahead of their penultimate four-day fixture of the season against Paul Collingwood’s title contenders.
A classy unbeaten 74 from West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped Derbyshire seal their third victory of the campaign, keeping their chances of avoiding the drop alive with two fixtures remaining against Durham and Warwickshire (Tuesday 24th September).
Chesney Hughes - who missed the last two fixtures - is still unavailable, while Dan Redfern and Jonathan Clare both miss out due to injury.
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