The annual Derbyshire County Cricket Club Player of the Year Awards Evening was naturally a celebratory affair given the extraordinary achievements of the playing and coaching staff throughout the summer of 2012.
The evening began with messages of congratulations delivered from Chief Executive Simon Storey and Chairman Chris Grant, to all members of the playing and coaching staff for their efforts in securing promotion as well as the LV=County Championship Division 2 title.
The recipient of the night’s most cherished award - the Player of the Year Award - went fittingly to club captain Wayne Madsen.
A selection of players will show off the trophy, which Derbyshire won last Friday by beating Hampshire at the County Ground, having kindly been invited by the football club.
The gesture means that the LV=County Championship Division Two winners will be able to witness the acknowledgement and applause of a 20,000 + crowd, just over a week after being crowned Champions on Sky TV.
The club is also delighted to announce that the Mayor of Derby - Councillor Lisa Higginbottom - will host a Civic Reception in recognition of their achievements in 2012, with further information on both a date and venue to be announced in the near future.
The 28-year-old scooped the top award in recognition for his impressive performances with the bat and for captaining the team to the LV= County Championship Second Division title.
The list of winners in full is as follows:
Academy Player of the Year (in Memory of Jack Swindell): Peter Burgoyne
Selection caps a fantastic week for the 24-year-old after helping secure the LV= County Championship Second Division for his county.
The Academy graduate all-rounder has been included in England’s seven man squad for the competition at the Kowloon Cricket Club in Honk Kong on 27th and 28th October.
The squad in full is as follows:
Karl Krikken’s side completed a six wicket victory over Hampshire to secure Derbyshire’s first trophy since the Benson & Hedges Cup triumph of 1993.
The former wicketkeeper won the 1990 Sunday League and the 1993 Benson & Hedges Cup during his playing days at the County Ground.
But he revealed that bagging his first trophy as Head Coach – and securing First Division cricket for the first time since the year 2000 - felt 20 times better.
Derbyshire sealed their place at the summit of the table today as Usman Khawaja’s unbeaten 72 led them to victory over Hampshire at the County Ground.
The hosts achieved the feat with six wickets to spare as Ross Whiteley hit the winning runs to signal the greatest achievement in the club’s recent history.
With Yorkshire making short work of Essex at Chelmsford, it soon became apparent that Derbyshire were going to have to win to take the title.
The 2012 National Knockout Final, sponsored by Police Credit Union, is one of a number of non First-Class matches to take place at Derby in the coming weeks, taking place at the County Ground on Wednesday, 19th September from 12pm.
There will be added spice with the contest an all Welsh affair after defending Champions Dyfed-Powys beat North Wales by nine wickets, whilst South Wales Gwent were victorious against PSNI by seven wickets in the semi-finals.
- 2 for 1 offer meaning members, ticket holders and those paying on the day bring a guest for free
- Each ticket valid for all four days
- Accompanied kids aged under 16 go free
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