The heady days of mid-September 2012 will not be forgotten by those who played in, or watched, Derbyshire’s title-winning victory over Hampshire at the County Ground, and nor should they.
Winning a trophy should rightly be celebrated, cherished and remembered - and maybe because of the 20-year wait, we all quite rightly celebrated and cherished a little more and a little longer than some other counties might have done.
However 2012 has gone, the celebrations have now ended, and with the new season almost upon us it’s time to look at Derbyshire’s prospects in the top flight of county cricket.
Chesney Hughes continued his excellent pre-season with an unbeaten 53, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul made his first appearance in Derbyshire colours on Day 2 against Nottinghamshire at the County Ground.
Hughes and Wayne Madsen (35) put on 94 for the opening wicket, before Chanderpaul stepped out for the first time for Karl Krikken's side.
At the second time of asking, the world number two Test batsman completed a well-controlled unbeaten 31, which included three sixes in one over, in an entertaining day’s cricket.
Derbyshire began a fresh innings on the second day at the County Ground, with both teams aiming to gain as much time in the middle before the start of the new LV= County Championship season on Wednesday.
As we countdown to the first LV= CC fixture at the County Ground against Nottinghamshire on April 24th, we look at some of the iconic images from Derbyshire’s triumphant 2012 campaign. Today is Tony Palladino – May 3rd, v Gloucestershire.
Tony Palladino claims the wicket of Gloucestershire’s Ed Young to complete his five-wicket haul in the first innings of their LV= County Championship clash at the County Ground.
The paceman’s inspired spell of bowling helped dismiss the visitors for 206, as Derbyshire took a 182-run lead into the second innings, thanks to 101 from Wayne Madsen, and enforced the follow-on.
But Gloucestershire would avoid defeat after New Zealand international Kane Williamson (128) and Hamish Marshall (90) put on a stand of 166 for the third wicket.
Derbyshire couldn’t break through a resilient Gloucestershire batting line-up, and the visitors ended the final day with six wickets still in hand, as the match was declared a draw and Derbyshire maintained their unbeaten start to the new campaign.
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Derbyshire batsman Wes Durston’s pre-season dominance over Nottinghamshire continued as the East Midlands rivals traded blows at the County Ground today.
The Derbyshire all-rounder followed his recent unbeaten Barbados hundred against the Trent Bridge county with a fine half-century, scored under the most testing of circumstances, as the home side closed on 104-2 in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 173-5 declared.
Derbyshire were buoyed ahead of their latest pre-season fixture by the news that Shivnarine Chanderpaul had arrived in the UK.
The West Indian international has the option to bat on Day 2, but Nottinghamshire boasted an all international opening partnership of their own as they batted first under pleasant spring sunshine at the County Ground.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul will arrive in Derbyshire in good time for the new campaign and the good news was relayed to the Club by Derby North MP Chris Williamson.
The world’s number two batsman is flying to the UK on Saturday and will be in the squad for Derbyshire’s opening LV= County Championship fixture against Warwickshire at Edgbaston starting on Wednesday. He may even make an appearance in the two day friendly versus Nottinghamshire at the County Ground starting this Sunday at 11am.
With the Club urgently needing to confirm flight arrangements, Mr Williamson stepped in to assist. He contacted the High Commissions of Guyana and Jamaica to confirm that everything was in order with the visa application; and that the paperwork was on track to be issued in time for the West Indies star to catch his Saturday flight.
Tony Palladino believes Sunday's two-day friendly against Nottinghamshire will give the squad the ideal opportunity to assess their opponents for when they meet again at the County Ground later this month.
Entry is free on both Sunday and Monday, as Derbyshire compete for the first time in their new LV= County Championship white kit, sponsored by University of Derby.
The Derbys squad concluded their three-day friendly against Somerset on Wednesday and have since been hard at work preparing for their final pre-season friendly against Notts on Sunday, April 7th.
Palladino was disappointed with the result at Taunton, but the paceman was pleased to have got some cricket under his belt ahead of the start of the new season which kicks-off on April 10th against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
National Cricket Selector Geoff Miller and former England batsman Mike Gatting have been confirmed as guest speakers for the Derbyshire County Cricket Club 1870 Business Club lunches in 2013.
Miller, who was born in Chesterfield, played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side.
He will provide the lunch time entertainment on Day 2 of the LV= County Championship fixture versus Nottinghamshire on Thursday 25th April.
Miller also enjoyed a prolonged and fruitful spell in the England side during the 1970s and 1980s. The all-rounder claimed 85 international wickets and notoriously pouched the winning catch during the Boxing Day Test at the MCG to give England a famous three-run victory in 1982.
As we countdown to the first LV= CC fixture at the County Ground against Nottinghamshire on April 24th, we look at some of the iconic images from Derbyshire’s triumphant 2012 campaign. Today is Jonathan Clare – April 12th, v Glamorgan.
Jonathan Clare celebrates with his team-mates after claiming the wicket of Glamorgan batsman Ben Wright at the end of the first day of their LV CC= fixture - it would be the paceman's first of 11 match wickets as Derbyshire maintained their perfect start in 2012.
Clare's first wicket reduced Glamorgan to 34-4 in reply to the Falcons first innings score of 130. The 26-year-old produced an inspired spell of bowling and went on to claim four more wickets on the second day to complete his five-wicket haul in just eight overs, as the hosts were dismissed for 95 in their first innings. Tony Palladino also claimed three, while David Wainwright and Mark Footitt claimed a wicket apiece.
In Derbyshire’s second innings, 51 from Wainwright and 43 from Clare helped the visitors to post a respectable 197 in testing conditions in South Wales, setting Glamorgan 233 for victory.
Derbyshire's Media Day took place on Thursday at a bitterly cold County Ground, although the players were all smiles as they posed for the cameras with the LV= CC Division Two trophy proudly displayed in front of captain Wayne Madsen.
Sky Sports, Radio Derby, The Derby Telegraph, The Times and numerous representatives from other national and local media outlets were present to interview, film and photograph the 2012 Division Two Champions ahead of the first game of the season against Warwickshire at Edgbaston starting on April 10th.
The players have undergone an intensive pre-season, which included an 11-day tour of Barbados and their preparations conclude with a two-day fixture against Nottinghamshire beginning on Sunday at 11am at the County Ground.
Pictured; Back Row L to R; Chris Durham, Ben Slater, Alasdair Evans, Matt Higginbottom and Alex Hughes.
Centre Row L to R; Peter Burgoyne, Tom Knight, Tom Poynton, Chesney Hughes, Richard Johnson, Billy Godleman and Mark Footitt.
Front Row L to R; Mark Turner, Ross Whiteley, Jonathan Clare, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen, Tim Groenewald, Tony Palladino, Dan Redfern, David Wainwright and Paul Borrington
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