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.
Wayne Madsen is the second Derbyshire player to face Tim Groenewald’s quick-fire close season interview.
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.
By Jake Needham
The Derbyshire Academy had its first intake of young cricketers back in 2003, and since then players like Dan Redfern, Ross Whitleley and Paul Borrington have played a significant amount of first team cricket.
But a name that is starting to garner increased attention around the county is that of aspiring all-rounder Alex Hughes.
By Jake Needham
The Chesterfield festival is always a special event in the calendar of any Derbyshire player.
With the opportunity to play at a ground steeped in the county’s history, and played within the pastoral surrounds of what many cricket lovers consider a cricketing arena of unparalleled natural beauty, it is a time of summer that whet’s the appetite of Derbyshire and opposition players alike.
The Falcons surrendered their unbeaten start to the season with a nine-wicket defeat versus the Bears. But Krikken is already looking forward to the visit of the Glamorgan.
“We’ve messed up, now we’ve got to learn from it and get onto the next one.
“We just didn’t turn up. Whether it’s the after-effects of a long journey to Hampshire, four days down there, then coming back up, I don’t know.
Redfern, who scored his maiden first-class century in the first innings of the match, says Wainwright is just the bowler Derbyshire need as they target a successful campaign.
The young left-hander also talks about wrestling the monkey off his back by scoring the said century, as well as revealing what he said to batting partner Ross Whiteley whilst taking off for the first of the three runs that took him to the landmark.
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