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3aaa awarded Outstanding by Ofsted

3aaaDerbyshire CCC Principal Sponsor & Ground Sponsor 3aaa – Aspire, Achieve, Advance has been award Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding in their first inspection.

Peter Marples, Founder, said:We are absolutely delighted to have achieved Grade 1 – Outstanding, the highest possible across all areas of the business, in our first Ofsted Inspection. 

“This is indeed a reflection of the sheer dedication, hard work and commitment of everyone; staff, employers and partners – we are so proud.”

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Fixture Countdown #8: Falcons crush Foxes

Leicester WinWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

In at number eight is Derbyshire’s victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road as the Falcons started the new 50-over competition with back-to-back wins.

Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen (105*), who the day previous hit his maiden List A century, struck his second successive ton as Graeme Welch’s men successfully chased down 249 in 45.1 overs.

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Ground Development Blog #4: Progress continues

GroundDevelopmentIt’s still early days, but like a slow start to spring, progress is now just starting to be visible in this first stage of ground development.

The new roof insulation is being installed in the pavilion, no small task as there is an area of some 500 square metres to be insulated to ensure that the air conditioning functions efficiently, but this work should conclude at the start of next week. 

The brickwork has started on the new pavilion entrance, the lift pit is in place and the first series of new drains have been installed.

Also, other basic infrastructure – the mechanical and electrical first fix, in contractor parlance – is also being put in place.

It doesn’t sound too exciting, but this initial work is crucial and will underpin the overall project.

Over in the Gateway, the substructure for the dressing rooms is now complete on the first floor and the floor will be installed over the course of the coming week.

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Fixtures Countdown #9: Glamorgan put to the sword at Derby

Mark FootittWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

Today, we look back at Derbyshire’s victory against Glamorgan in the LV= County Championship at The 3aaa County Ground, as the host’s bowling attack blew away their visitors inside three days.

Graeme Welch’s men claimed victory on the third morning to record a six-wicket win and their second successive red-ball win.

Mark Footitt claimed eight wickets in the match alongside Alex Hughes’ career-best figures of 4-46 in the first innings as the Derbyshire attack put Glamorgan to the sword.

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VIDEO: Slater looking to cement place in 2015

Ben SlaterOpening batsman Ben Slater says he wants to cement his place at the top of the order in all forms in 2015. 

Slater, who signed a new two-year contract in September, hit his maiden and second first-class hundreds in the final LV= County Championship fixture of the campaign versus Leicestershire.

He was the first Derbyshire born player since Chris Adams in 1996 to hit two hundred in a first-class match and only the 15th in the Club’s history.

The squad are now back at The 3aaa County Ground for pre-season and Slater is happy to get back in training as preparations begin for 2015.

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VIDEO: Squad takes part in MMA session

BenSlaterAlexHughesDerbyshire's squad visited Jon Jepson Black Belt Academy in Darley Abbey for a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) session as part of their pre-season training on Thursday.  

The players reported back for pre-season on November 3 and have since been building up their fitness before stepping up their skills-based work.

As part of their pre-season schedule, the squad has been taking part in MMA sessions at the academy in Darley Abbey, designed to improve fitness, endurance and core strength.

Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jamie Tallent said: “We’ve come to Jon Jepson Black Belt Academy in Darley Abbey to do some Mixed Martial Arts training as part of our pre-season.

“The main aims of the sessions will be to improve overall fitness but also teach them the discipline that we want to emphasise within our squad.

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Fixtures Countdown #10: Win at Grace Road

David WainwrightWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

Today, we look back at Derbyshire’s first LV= County Championship victory of the season as Graeme Welch’s men claimed victory in a four-day match at Grace Road for the first time since 1999.

David Wainwright was, unquestionably, the star performer. The 29-year-old hit his maiden first-class ton for Derbyshire, his third first-class career century, before returning figures of 5-54 to dismiss Leicestershire for 210.

It was a match which also saw Mark Footitt claim nine wickets in the match, after he picked up 6-65 in the first innings, as the visitors claimed a nine-wicket win on the final day.

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ECB drive to recruit more female umpires and scorers

ECBThe ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) is set to launch a new female officiating project to encourage more women and girls to become active umpires and scorers in the game.

The ECB ACO currently stands as the largest group of cricket officials in the world, but just six percent of the 7,800 members are female.  The new campaign, which will be unveiled at the end of 2014, sets out to target the recruitment, development and deployment of more female officials across all levels of the game. 

In addition to simply encouraging more women and girls to get involved with officiating in recreational cricket, the project will specifically aims to identify and support talented female umpires through a bespoke development pathway, with the overall aim of preparing them for international match appointments.  

As part of the officiating recruitment drive, England women’s cricketers Tammy Beaumont, Natasha Farrant and Laura Marsh pitted their own umpiring skills against each other and Hawk-Eye ball tracking technology in the MCC Cricket Academy last week.

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VIDEO: Thakor settling into life at Derbyshire

Shiv ThakorShiv Thakor believes Derbyshire’s coaching team can have a big influence on his game after enjoying his first few weeks with the Club.

Derbyshire’s new all-rounder has praised the impact of Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch during pre-season at The 3aaa County Ground.

Thakor says his aim is to become a permanent fixture in the first-team next summer and will work hard to achieve his goal. 

“I’ve absolutely loved it so far,” Thakor said. “It’s great to be back training and working hard again. 

Read more: VIDEO: Thakor settling into life at Derbyshire

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