Graeme Welch spoke of his pride and love for the Club after returning to Derbyshire as the new Elite Cricket Performance Director.
The 41-year-old was installed as the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure yesterday.
He returns to the Club where he was capped as a player in 2001, appointed Captain in 2006 and bestowed a benefit year in 2007.
“It feels really good to be back at Derbyshire,” Welch said.
“I love it here. It doesn’t seem like two minutes I’ve been away, to be honest and I have fond memories of playing here.
"I’ve always had it in mind that Derbyshire was somewhere I wanted to return to. There seems to be a good vibe around the place and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.
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.
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.
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.
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