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Poynton on 9th wicket stand and promotion push - interview by Jake Needham

The move from promising and exciting second team cricketer into fully-fledged first team regular can be a road that is tricky to traverse.

But for young wicketkeeper Tom Poynton it is one that he has negotiated admirably and ably in this, his first year as the county’s number one glove man.

‘Luke Sutton retiring at the end of last season came as a bit of a shock to me and the lads, because we all saw him as our leader going forward; but it did end up being a great opportunity for me personally.’ The academy graduate said.

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Derbyshire v Essex: Live Scorecard/Day Three Report and Highlights

Ross WhiteleyClose of Day 3: Essex lead by 64 runs

By Jake Needham

Derbyshire had been reduced to 28 for 3 late on the first day and – with the second day entirely lost to the weather – they were still 217 in arrears as the third day commenced under cloudy skies at the County Ground.

Losing star all-rounder Wes Durston caught behind, off Masters in the first over of the day, certainly wasn’t in Captain Wayne Madsen’s blueprint for the start of a pivotal session.

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Improved forecast for Day 3 as special offers for all continue

Celebration v EssexThe covers are off and Derbyshire are anticipating a prompt 11am start for Day Three versus Essex at the County Ground. 

The County Ground was not completely devoid of activity on a soggy Day 2, however, as England & Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke gave his press conference from the County Ground in the wake of England Captain Andrew Strauss’s retirement from cricket.

Entry for under 16’s is FREE for both remaining days of the match. Adult entry is 2 for 1 including a free guest for members and advanced ticket buyers..

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Peter Bowler Guest Speaker at Boundary Club on Day One v Hampshire

With the final LV=County Championship match of the season likely to prove the defining moment of Derbyshire’s promotion campaign, supporters can enjoy what will arguably the club’s biggest game in years in extra style.

Derbyshire v Hampshire, beginning Tuesday, 11th September, will no doubt be an enthralling encounter at the County Ground and the opening day of the contest coincides with the Boundary Club with former Derbyshire favourite Peter Bowler as Guest Speaker.

The event includes a two course meal as well as cheese, crackers and coffee, followed by a speech from Peter Bowler who, as well as having strong links to the cricket club, is developing a reputation as one of the most humorous and entertaining speakers on the circuit.

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Two year deal for Derbyshire speedster

Turner ContractFast bowler Mark Turner has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire which commits him to the Club until the conclusion of the 2014 season.

The 27-year-old – who is currently in action in the crucial LV= County Championship match versus Essex at the County Ground - signed for Derbyshire from Somerset in 2011 following a three year spell at Taunton.

He has claimed 30 wickets in all competitions this season, topping the Falcons’ wicket-takers chart in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition and establishing himself as one of the fastest bowlers in county cricket.

Turner shot to the top of the Domestic Speed League with a rapid delivery of 92.7 miles-per-hour in the Friends Life t20 match versus Yorkshire Carnegie in June.

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Batsman leaves Derbyshire

Matt LinekerMatt Lineker has exited Derbyshire after the Club elected not to renew his contract which expires at the end of the season.

Leaving the County Ground with immediate effect allows the 27-year-old more time to explore options for his future career.

A stalwart of local Premier League cricket with Ockbrook & Borrowash, Lineker joined Derbyshire on a summer contract ahead of the 2011 season and won the Second XI Player of the Year award in his debut campaign.

Enjoying spells in the first team during the latter halves of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Lineker made ten first-class appearances at the top of the order averaging 19.17, including a highest score of 71 against Kent at the County Ground last season.

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Wainwright takes four as wickets tumble on opening day

Adult entry is buy one get one free throughout the match, including provision for members to bring a guest for free. Entry for under 16’s is free of charge throughout.

David Wainwright recorded figures of 4-64 as Derbyshire bowled Essex out for 245 on the opening day of the LV=County Championship encounter at the County Ground.

Derbyshire then closed on 28-3, a deficit of 217 runs with seven first innings wickets in hand.

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Celebrate Christmas with us at the County Ground

The cricket season at the County Ground might be reaching an exciting finale, but the anticipation for the club's renowned Christmas Parties is just hotting up as the club prepares to celebrate another Christmas festive season in the County Ground Marquee.

With over 1,500 people celebrating Christmas with us last year, Christmas Parties at Derbyshire has already proven to be extremely popular  - although don’t take our word for it; take a look at some of our feedback from last year’s parties:

'The event held in December was fabulous. The food was excellent, the seating was roomy and people were not crammed in and the evening was well planned.  Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we would definitely look at booking another event with yourselves. Well done!' -  Sharon Horvath-Szovati (Derby City PCT)

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LVCC: Derbyshire v Essex Live Scorecard and Preview

Poynton and MadsenAdult entry is buy one get one free throughout the match, including provision for members to bring a guest for free. Entry for under 16’s is free of charge throughout.

Derbyshire have won the toss and will field first against Essex in the LV=County Championship at the County Ground.

Derbyshire: Madsen (c), Borrington, Khawaja, Durston, Redfern, Whiteley, Wainwright, Poynton (wk), Palladino, Groenewald, Turner.

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