Chesney Hughes’ recovery from shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule after he returned to training this week.
The 22-year-old underwent a successful operation at the start of October on an injury which prevented him from bowling for a large share of the 2013 campaign.
He has since been working to a dedicated rehabilitation programme as he attempts to regain full fitness for the start of the new season.
Hughes has now rejoined his team-mates at the County Ground and says he’s pleased with how his recovery is going so far.
“It’s going well,” Hughes said. “I had my six week check-up a few weeks ago and basically I was told that I’m six weeks ahead in my recovery.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul will return to Derbyshire for a second season in 2014 - and he hopes to play a crucial role as the Club attempt to bounce back to Division One.
The West Indies international compiled 1,298 runs at a shade over 42 in all competitions in his first stint with Karl Krikken's side, hitting a top score of 129 against Surrey at the County Ground in May.
The 39-year-old will head off to the Caribbean this weekend ahead of a busy international schedule which includes tours of India and New Zealand – before returning to these shores in March for the start of the new domestic campaign.
And Chanderpaul – who is expected to be available throughout the 2014 summer – is relishing a return to Derby and is confident the squad has the quality to return to top flight at the first attempt.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first year with the Club,” he said. “Everyone - players, coaches and staff - have made me feel welcome and I’m happy to be returning for a second year.
Head Coach Karl Krikken says Derbyshire’s young side will be better off after experiencing their first season in the top flight for more than a decade.
After a difficult start to the 2013 campaign, Wayne Madsen’s men produced a spirited fightback in the second half of the season claiming back-to-back victories over Sussex and Middlesex, before clinching a nail-biting win at Taunton against Somerset.
But despite claiming three victories, defeat to Warwickshire at the County Ground on the penultimate day of the season confirmed the side’s relegation from Division One.
Krikken, however, is confident his side can take the positives from the campaign and bounce straight back next year.
Wayne Madsen spoke of his joy after reaching 1,000 LV= County Championship Division One runs for the season against Middlesex on Tuesday.
Madsen struck his third century of the campaign, during which he became the first man to reach 1,000 Championship runs in 2013.
The 29-year-old is currently the leading run scorer in Division One with 1056 runs and Madsen, speaking exclusively for the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter, spoke of his pride.
“I’m over the moon,” Madsen said. “It has been a great season personally for me and to get over the line here at Derby was a fantastic feeling. I'm very proud to be the first one to get past 1,000 runs.
Tom Holdcroft Interview, March 8th, 2013.
Welcome to Derbyshire Billy. Why Derbyshire?
My career had come to a crossroads after Essex released me last August. I hadn’t scored the volume of runs I believed I was capable of and I hadn’t been part of Essex’s one day plans, so the club decided to invest in other young, locally-based players. As a consequence, it gave me a chance to meet face-to-face with several other clubs (and their coaches), of which Derbyshire was the first.
Written by Chris Stonor.
The November edition of All Out Cricket magazine carries a feature on a familiar face at the County Ground, with AOC catching up with Derbyshire's 2011 Clubman of the Year Andy Lewis; who reveals his amazing story of over 30 years service to the club despite being visually impaired.
Andy Lewis has been a stalwart employee for Derbyshire since he joined as a teenager in 1981. From groundsman assistant to maintenance personnel, Lewis has helped the club run efficiently and reliably for over 30 years. But what makes his story so remarkable is this: he’s visually
Lewis describes himself as “a good con man” for he refuses to allow his disability to affect a fulfilling career. Many members who have seen him work over the years still have no idea of his blindness. He’s never advertised it and only very recently resorted to using a white stick.
While they would support head coach Karl Krikken in strengthening their squad, neither he nor ‘Krik’ had any intention of tearing up the blueprint which had brought them success by blowing the playing budget on a couple of marquee signings.
So far the Club has been as good as their word. In the last couple of weeks the young players who contributed hugely towards the winning of the Division Two title, including Dan Redfern, Tom Poynton, Wes Durston, Ross Whiteley and Jon Clare, have been rewarded with new and improved contracts.
The quietly effective captain Wayne Madsen has signed a new three year deal, while batting coach David Houghton has agreed another year.
Find out more about the Derbyshire skipper spending his time coaching – but not the sport of cricket.
Also find out Wayne’s motivation for bulking up in the gym, which England fast bowler he’s looking forward to facing next season and why he’d like to see one of the world’s top tennis stars face the red ball.
1. What you been up to since the season finished?
I had an operation as soon as the season ended, a double hernia, so I’ve just been recovering from that!
2. How was the experience of parading the trophy at Pride Park?
Fantastic. It was amazing to see the people of Derby getting behind us and it made me very proud to be showing off our great achievement.
3. One prized wicket you want to take in the First Division next season?
Prized wicket is definitely Marcus Trescothick. He's still someone I regard highly in the county game and after playing with him for 4 years, I would love to claim that prized dismissal.
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