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PREVIEW: Guptill named in squad for Fenner's

MartinGuptillNew Zealand World Cup star Martin Guptill has been named in Graeme Welch's 12-man squad to face Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's Park, starting on Sunday (11am start)

Guptill arrived at The 3aaa County Ground earlier this week fresh from a successful World Cup in which the powerful opener ended the competition as the leading scorer with 547 runs at an average of 68.37. 

Derbyshire begin their 2015 campaign with a three-day match against the university outfit at Fenner’s, the county's first visit to the ground since 2007.

Welch’s side will look to build momentum ahead of the start of the LV= County Championship season which begins with the visit of Lancashire to The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Sunday 19 April.

Wayne Madsen will lead the side which features winter signings Shiv Thakor and Wayne White, but David Wainwright and Jonathan Clare miss out through injury.

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Welch targets winning start versus Cambridge MCCU

Graeme WelchGraeme Welch says his side will be treating Sunday’s three-day match against Cambridge MCCU no differently to any other fixture.

Derbyshire head to Fenner’s Cricket Ground this weekend for their season opener, a week before the new LV= County Championship campaign begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground. 

And Welch says his side will be looking to register a victory against the university students as he hopes to build early-season momentum.

“Every win is a win, we’re going to play this game properly," said Welch. "We’re going to try and bat big, and bowl them out twice. It’s very close to how we want to play against Lancashire. 

“It’s the last chance for people to stake a claim for a place. Everybody has worked hard this week, we had some good practice at Edgbaston for two days, and had a good long practice on Friday so we’re looking forward to the first competitive game of the season."

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Poynton extends contract

Tom PoyntonWicketkeeper Tom Poynton has signed a one-year contract extension committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season. 

The 25-year-old has been rewarded a new deal after successfully returning from injury which ruled him out for the entire 2014 campaign.

Since making his first team debut in 2007, Poynton has appeared in 33 first-class fixtures for Derbyshire, scoring 941 runs with a top score of 106 and claiming 87 dismissals behind the stumps.

The former England Under-19 international has also featured heavily in the one-day arena for the county, competing in 39 fixtures and hitting 224 runs.

Poynton returned to action during the Club’s pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, and will be available for the start of the 2015 campaign.

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Guptill delighted to be back at Derbyshire

Martin GuptillRecord-breaking New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is relishing his return to Derbyshire, as he arrived for his first day of training today.

Guptill has arrived in Derby in time to feature in this weekend’s trip to play Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's Cricket Ground, and then up to three LV= County Championship fixtures.

He enjoyed a dazzling World Cup this year as he helped the Kiwi’s reach the final. Guptill scored an unbeaten 237 off just 163 balls in the quarter-final clash with West Indies, which included 11 sixes and 24 fours, and he finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer with 547 runs at an average of 68.37.

And Guptill is looking for a repeat of his previous spell last time out in 2012, where he played his part in a successful promotion campaign.

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Durston looks forward to captaincy honour

DurstonNewly appointed NatWest T20 Blast Captain Wes Durston is targeting progression through to the knockout stages of this year’s competition.

The 34-year-old all-rounder takes over the role from Wayne Madsen, who will continue to lead Derbyshire in the LV= County Championship and the Royal London One Day Cup.

Durston believes that consistency is the key to his side’s fortunes in the shorter format this season and his looking forward to the challenge of leading the side. 

“I'm honoured to be asked to lead the side in the NatWest T20 Blast," Durston said.

"We want to progress in the competition. We’ve beaten all the teams in the North section, but we haven’t been able to do it consistently, and that’s what we’re trying to bring this year.

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Durston named NatWest T20 Blast Captain

Wes DurstonWes Durston, who has signed a one-year contract extension, will lead the Derbyshire Falcons in this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast competition. 

The vastly-experienced all-rounder, whose new deal commits him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season, will take over the Twenty20 captaincy from Wayne Madsen who will still lead the LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup sides.

Durston, who has featured in 97 Twenty20 matches as a professional, is Derbyshire’s highest run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket, hitting 1,460 runs at an average of 28 with a top score of 111. He is also the Club’s third highest wicket taker in the format claiming 30 wickets.

Since joining the county in 2010, the 34-year-old has featured regularly in the four-day format scoring 3,106 runs, including five hundreds, in 60 first-class matches and claiming 62 wickets.

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Two for Footitt on another productive day

Mark FootittMark Footitt was the pick of the bowlers as Derbyshire enjoyed another productive day as they concluded their friendly against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

It was Warwickshire’s turn to bat first on day two and Derbyshire started brightly reducing the hosts to 18-2 inside 10 overs.

Tony Palladino (1-13) had Laurie Evans trapped lbw without scoring before Footitt claimed the first of his two wickets as Sam Hain was caught behind by Tom Poynton for five. Footitt’s opening five-over spell, which included two maidens, cost him only seven runs with one wicket.

Ateeq Javid and Freddie Coleman remained firm, however, to see the hosts through to the lunch break with the score at 78-2, at which point Javid retired on 37.

Coleman was clean bowled by Alex Hughes (1-19) shortly after the restart for 46, but Jon Webb and Keith Barker provided a stern middle order as they put on 80 for the fourth wicket.

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Harmison to speak at first 1870 Business Club Lunch of 2015

Steve HarmisonAshes hero Steve Harmison is guest speaker at the first 1870 Business Club Lunch of the season, in partnership with ICU IT, during the fixture against Lancashire.

10 years on from the famous 2005 win, Harmison will relive the moments that helped him write his name in Ashes and England folklore forever.

Guests will be treated to several anecdotes from the 2005 Ashes winner about the famous series win, dubbed as the greatest Test series ever, and about his successful England career in which he claimed 226 Test wickets.

The event takes place during Derbyshire's opening game of the 2015 season at The 3aaa County Ground when, fresh from a record-breaking World Cup, New Zealand star Martin Guptill will make his second debut for the Club.

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Feedback invited for World Cup bid

StumpsA consultation window has now begun for Members and spectators to give feedback on our campaign for Derby to be a host city for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.

As part of the #WereBackingTheBid campaign, the Club also unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout. 

The stumps will be funded by 100 local businesses together with a small number of private donors who will each pledge £500 to become part of the campaign and be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture as well as featuring on the Partners Plaque.

Briggs of Burton, specialists in stainless steel, have already offered to manufacturer the stumps and Idom Merebrook have offered to provide engineering consultancy services for the project.

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