Captain Wayne Madsen says this week's LV= County Championship fixture with Warwickshire is an 'exciting prospect' as Derbyshire attempt to secure Division One cricket for 2014.
Speaking ahead of the final four-day game of the season, Madsen said: "If you had given us this position a month or two ago we would have taken it.
"The boys are buzzing for it, like they were last year when we entered the last game knowing that we needed to win our last game to get the Division Two title. So it's a similar thing this year.
"We have to win. It's an exciting prospect for all the guys as it's been a long season, but it's all been worth it to get to this position.
"A lot of the guys over the last three or four games have made some real good contributions and can take a lot of confidence into the last game.
Derbyshire welcome Warwickshire to the County Ground for the final LV= County Championship fixture of the season, starting on Tuesday 24th September (10.30am start).
And Karl Krikken's men know only a victory will give them a chance of remaining in Division One for a second season.
A brutal spell of bowling from Graham Onions condemned Derbyshire to defeat - and only a four point haul - from their penultimate game of the campaign against champions-elect Durham last week.
Somerset, meanwhile, claimed a seven-wicket win over bottom club Surrey to leapfrog Wayne Madsen's men out of the relegation places.
The Taunton-based club sit 16 points ahead of second-bottom Derbyshire; while Nottinghamshire sit just 15 points in front.
In the final round of fixtures - starting Tuesday - Nottinghamshire will entertain Somerset, and Krikken's side know that a win for either team at Trent Bridge - or a low scoring draw - will leave the door open for Derbyshire to seal survival.
Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen has been awarded the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award.
Launched at the start of the summer in memory of Christopher Martin-Jenkins – the former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special Commentator – the Elite Award is presented to a professional cricketer who showed exceptional sportsmanship during the 2013 season.
Madsen demonstrated that it is possible to combine the highest level of sportsmanship with professional cricket in the LV= County Championship fixture with Yorkshire at Queen’s Park in July, during the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
Chasing Yorkshire’s first innings total of 617, Madsen feathered a ball from bowler Steve Patterson to the wicketkeeper.
With one lone appeal coming from the Yorkshire fielders, umpire Jeff Evans gave the Derbyshire Captain not out, only for the Madsen to walk back to the pavilion on his own accord.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been drawn in Group A for next season’s 50-over competition.
Karl Krikken’s men have been drawn alongside Hampshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire and Essex.
Derbyshire will compete in four home and four away fixtures during the 2014 tournament, which will replace the Yorkshire Bank 40 format.
The top four teams from each nine-team group will advance to the Quarter-Final stages, ahead of Semi-Finals and Final.
Group A: Derbyshire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Essex
Group B: Surrey, Kent, Glamorgan, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Somerset, Durham, Sussex
Wayne Madsen’s side will begin the competition with -2 points after receiving a 'poor' pitch rating for the Yorkshire Bank 40 clash against Durham at the County Ground in August.
Paul Borrington says Derbyshire will be fully prepared for their decisive final LV= County Championship fixture of the season against Warwickshire.
Karl Krikken’s men go into Tuesday’s match (10.30am start) knowing only a victory will give them a chance of remaining in Division One for a second season.
But even a win against Dougie Brown’s side may not be enough, as attention turns to Trent Bridge where Nottinghamshire and Somerset – who are 15 and 16 points ahead respectively – will go head-to-head, also starting on Tuesday.
Opening batsman Borrington, however, is concentrating firmly on the crunch fixture at the County Ground, Derby.
“It’s a one-off game,” he said. “We are focusing on this one fixture and if we can do the job then we will have a great chance of staying up.
Tom Poynton is urging supporters to get behind the team as they give one final push in an attempt to secure Division One cricket for next season.
Karl Krikken’s men enter their last game of the 2013 campaign against Warwickshire - starting on Tuesday 24th September; 10.30am start - knowing only a victory will give them a chance of remaining in the top flight for 2014.
Derbyshire currently sit in eighth place in Division One; 15 points behind Nottinghamshire and 16 adrift of Somerset who themselves go head-to-head next week. A win for either side at Trent Bridge could leave the door open for Wayne Madsen's side, only if they claim victory against Warwickshire at Derby.
Poynton, however, is confident that Derbyshire can avoid the drop and is calling for supporters to get to the ground and get behind their side.
“We have been keeping an eye on other fixtures, but we are just concentrating on our final fixture with Warwickshire next week,” he said.
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.
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