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Elstone: I want to be a threat with bat and ball

ScottElstoneNew recruit Scott Elstone says he can have an impact in all formats with both bat and ball in 2014.

The former Nottinghamshire all-rounder recently signed an incremental contract for the upcoming season after enjoying a successful trial period with the Club in 2013.

The 23-year-old, who made is List A debut for Derbyshire in August against Essex, has since been training with the rest of the playing squad in Derby as preparations begin for the new season.

He hopes a winter with the Derbyshire coaching staff will help him break into Karl Krikken's side as the Club look to compete on all fronts next summer.

“Watching the lads play in Division One last year was a big thing. I would love us get back into the First Division in the near future,” Elstone said.

“I’ll be doing everything I can, as I’m sure my team-mates will too, to get us back in the top flight.

“We want to be back up there fighting with the best in the country.

“But, likewise, I’m sure it’s a big aim for Krikk and Madders to reach the knockout stages in one of the one-day competitions.

“One-day cricket is exciting and it can attract big crowds, so hopefully we can do well and get lots of people down to Derby.

"It will be good for the Club and all the people involved with Derbyshire if we can do well - and we're all determined to do that.”

As well as having an influence with the bat, Elstone is hoping to bowl some crucial overs with the ball as he spends the winter honing his skills with the squad at the County Ground.

“I would describe myself to be underused as a bowler,” he added. “My bowling is something I work hard at and I will work quite a lot on it during the winter.

“Hopefully I can keep improving. It will give me three strings to my bow. I can bat, I back myself to be a pretty good fielder and hopefully, if my bowling gets up to the standard and I know it can be, I can bowl a lot of overs and hopefully I can perform all three roles.

“I’m really excited and can’t wait to hit the ground running in April. But there is first a lot of hard work ahead this winter.”

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