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Derbyshire World Cup predictions

World CupThe 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starts on Saturday as England begin their quest to win their first world 50-over title.

Derby Telegraph asked Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and a selection of the Derbyshire players to give us their predictions ahead of the eagerly-anticipated tournament.

They asked them;

1 Who will win the World Cup?

2 If England are to do well, who will be their key player?

3 Which nation can cause an upset?

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Storey: We will create a unique offering

3aaa PavilionChief Executive Simon Storey says that the £1million ground redevelopment will be a step-change for the Club offering improved facilities for Members and Conference & Events guests.

The top floor of the Lund Pavilion has been transformed to create a new state of the art Conference & Events facility capable of hosting up to 300 guests and will open at the start of April.

On matchdays the Pavilion will act as an exclusive venue for Members and Executive Members, offering better facilities than ever before to enjoy the cricket.

Storey is anticipating that the development will create up to 30 jobs for local residents and bring more business to the City of Derby.

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New facilities excite Poynton

Tom PoyntonWicketkeeper Tom Poynton is convinced that the new and improved training and playing facilities at The 3aaa County Ground will aid Derbyshire’s quest to compete at the highest level.

A million pound has been spent to upgrade facilities, part of which involves moving the players into the redeveloped Cricket Derbyshire Elite Performance Centre, formerly known as the Gateway Centre.

Poynton believes the new training and dressing room facilities will help Derbyshire attract more big names to the county after the signings of Shiv Thakor, Wayne White and Martin Guptill this winter.

“We are lucky to be developing a new cricket facility as the Cricket Derbyshire Elite Performance Centre,” Poynton said.

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2015 Second XI Fixtures announced

2ndXIFixturesDerbyshire 2nd XI will compete in three matches at the newly-renovated 3aaa County Ground this summer as part of a packed 2015 schedule.

Supporters will get their first opportunity to watch the 2nd XI in action at Derby in a three-day friendly against Glamorgan on Tuesday 28 April.

John Sadler’s side will compete in two more games at The 3aaa County Ground; a Twenty20 match versus the Unicorns on Thursday 21 May, before entertaining local rivals Nottinghamshire in a Championship fixture starting on Monday 29 June.

Supporters will gain FREE entry to all home 2nd XI fixtures at Derby this summer.

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Players to host Pre-Season Luncheon

Players'LuncheonSupporters will gain a unique insight into life as a professional cricketer at the Players’ Pre-Season Luncheon on Wednesday 4 March - an event arranged entirely by the players.

As a commitment to raise funds for the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi – and in support of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) – the players have arranged their own fundraising event; Players' Luncheon in the Gateway Centre Main Hall.

At the special event, guests will gain an insight into the Club’s preparations for the new season, experience a live training session with Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and take part in a Q&A session with the entire First Team squad.

Guests will receive a glass of champagne or orange juice on arrival before being treated to a delicious two-course lunch. 

Each table will be joined by a Derbyshire player, giving guests the opportunity to pick the brains of members of the current playing staff.

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Poynton wins PCA Personal Development Scholarship

TomPoyntonTom Poynton has been awarded a Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Personal Development Scholarship.

The scholarships were introduced by the PCA in 2013 to find and reward the most proactive members, past and present, on or off the pitch, in the area of Personal Development.

The initiative seeks to incentivise past members who have moved on to new career pathways as well as encouraging current players to plan and prepare for their future off the pitch.

Poynton will receive a scholarship of £1,000 towards Personal Development course funding, resources of his choice or to reimburse costs already incurred.

Poynton’s busy year of Personal Development activity began after he was ruled out of the entire 2014 season by a leg injury which he sustained in a car accident in which his father, Keith, tragically died.

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Guptill hits ton in World Cup warm-up

GuptillWatchNew signing Martin Guptill has continued his good form down under hitting a century off 85 balls in New Zealand’s World Cup warm-up fixture versus Zimbabwe on Monday morning.

The powerful opening batsman smashed 13 fours and two sixes to top score with 100 as the Black Caps reached 157-7 in Lincoln, before rain intervened and no more play was possible.

Guptill’s fifth ODI century followed a knock of 76 off 88 balls against Pakistan last week – and supporters will be able to see the 28-year-old back in Derbyshire colours this summer.

The top-order batsman will be available for the opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their One-Day International (ODI) series versus England.

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Sleep outside with DCCC; so others don’t have to

Sleep EasyHelp Derbyshire CCC and YMCA Derbyshire raise money for the homeless with an outdoor charity sleepover, at The 3aaa County Ground, on Friday 6 March.

The invitation is open to join the YMCA Derbyshire Sleep Easy event with all money raised going directly to local YMCA Derbyshire projects, helping disadvantaged young and vulnerable people in Derby and Derbyshire build a future.

Already signed up, alongside Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Simon Storey, are Derby College Director of Enterprise Louise Curd and Bell & Co Managing Director Richard Salt from the Club’s 1870 Business Club and other business and community leaders including:

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Derbyshire announces 2015 Charity Partners

CharityPartnersDerbyshire County Cricket Club has announced its Official Charity Partners for the 2015 season – YMCA Derbyshire, Ashgate Hospicecare and Derbyshire Carers. 

The selection process focussed on association with Derbyshire, project delivery within the county, previous partnership work and the opportunity for Cricket Derbyshire to make a real difference.

YMCA Derbyshire

An independent Christian charity committed to helping people at times of need, regardless of their gender, race, ability or faith.

They provide housing for people facing homelessness, innovative learning and development programmes, various schemes for children and their families and other projects aimed at achieving sustainable community development.

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