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Guptill's World Cup heroics prompt recall to Test squad

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill will miss the second part of his stint with Derbyshire this season after being recalled to the New Zealand Test squad to tour England. 

Guptill was already part of the Black Caps ODI and Twenty20 squads this summer, but his Test recall means he will join the touring party earlier than originally planned.

The 28-year-old, who arrives in Derby next week, will now be available for up to three LV= County Championship fixtures before joining the Black Caps Test squad at the start of May.

The powerful opener has earned the call-up after finishing the recent Cricket World Cup as the leading run scorer with 547 runs, which included a record-breaking 237 not out.

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Slater confident Derbyshire will taste success in 2015

Ben SlaterBen Slater says that everything is in place for Derbyshire to mount a promotion challenge in the LV= County Championship this summer.

Slater believes that the squad has the ability to carry the exceptional form they showed at the back-end of 2014, and on the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, into the new season.

“We are all looking forward to the season ahead and the mood in the camp is good,” Slater said.

“We won three out of four games during our pre-season tour in Abu Dhabi and we played some good cricket while we were out there. It was good to get out playing again.

“We finished strongly at the end of last season and that has given us confidence. We have got the formula needed to win games and we need to carry on where we left off.

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Footitt striving for an England call-up

Mark FootittDerbyshire seamer Mark Footitt believes that further international recognition is just around the corner if he can replicate his fine form from 2014.

The 29 year-old left-arm paceman, was the country’s leading wicket-taker last year, racking up a tally of 84 wickets in first-class cricket at a superb average of 19.19, including six five-wicket hauls.

He claimed a total of 106 scalps in all three forms of the game last year, but has never featured for his country despite his growing reputation within the game.

Footitt doesn’t think a call-up is too far away and is keen to make an impact in a big year for England, with home series’ against New Zealand and Australia to come after their upcoming trip to the West Indies, before away tours to Pakistan and South Africa next winter.

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Businesses throw support behind #WereBackingTheBid campaign

Back the BidLocal businesses have thrown their support behind the #WereBackingTheBid campaign helping to raise over 20% of the Club’s target within the first few days.  

Derbyshire yesterday formally announced its intention to bid for Derby to become a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

As part of the announcement made by Chief Executive Simon Storey, the Club 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 #WereBackingTheBid campaign and be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture as well as featuring on the Commemorative Plaque.

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Former Chief Executive David Harrison dies aged 69

David HarrisonDerbyshire County Cricket Club is sad to announce the death of David Harrison, a former Chief Executive of the Club.

David, who died suddenly last week at the age of 69 joined Derbyshire in 1974 as the Assistant Secretary and Fund Raiser. In October 1975 he succeeded Douglas Carr as Secretary, a role which changed to that of Chief Executive in April 1980.

He resigned in July 1981 to take up an appointment with Snookasport Promotions Ltd and held senior positions with the world governing body of snooker and billiards thereafter.

During his tenure at Derbyshire he oversaw the first phase of the Pavilion construction and and the recruitment of Eddie Barlow, Peter Kirsten, John Wright, David Steele and Barry Wood, among others.

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Australia announce squad for this summer's Ashes tour

AshesTourAustralia have announced a 17-man Test squad for this summer’s Ashes tour which will see them visit The 3aaa County Ground in July for the Bell & Co Tourist Fixture.

The recently-crowned 2015 ICC World Cup champions will be captained by experienced batsman Michael Clarke in a line-up that also includes 90mph plus fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner and all-rounder Steve Smith.

Uncapped Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed has been selected for his first tour of England, while there is also a place for former Derbyshire Captain Chris Rogers.

Supporters can watch the Australia Ashes stars in action at The 3aaa County Ground this summer in the Bell & Co Tourist Fixture, as Derbyshire go up against the old enemy at the height of summer.

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Derbyshire duo top World Cup scoring charts

Dilshan GuptillTwo out of the top seven run-scorers in the 2015 ICC World Cup – including the highest – will turn out for Derbyshire Falcons during the NatWest T20 Blast this summer.

Martin Guptill finished as the highest scorer in the tournament with 547 runs at an average of 68, which also included a World Cup record score of 237 not out in the quarter-final clash versus West Indies. 

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who will feature in two separate spells for Derbyshire in 2015, finished the competition as the seventh highest scorer with 395 runs at an average of 65.  The hugely experienced batsman also hit two centuries.

Supporters can watch Guptill and Dilshan during this summer's campaign, and best value can be gained by purchasing a Six Pack Ticket; granting you access to any six days of cricket for just £72. 

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Giant stumps to inspire local businesses to back Derbyshire’s Women’s World Cup bid

World Cup BidDerbyshire County Cricket Club today formally announced its intention to bid for Derby to become a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

As part of the announcement made by Chief Executive Simon Storey, the Club 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 ‘We’re backing the bid 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 Merebroook have offered to provide engineering consultancy services for the project. 

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Durston relishing the start of the 2015 campaign

Wes DurstonAll-rounder Wes Durston is relishing the start of the new season and believes the players are suitably prepared following their pre-season programme.

Preparation for the upcoming campaign began back in November, with the players recently returning from Abu Dhabi where they returned with three victories from four matches, whilst Durston was absent to attend the birth of his third child.

The 34-year-old, speaking at the Club’s pre-season Media Day, says the players are in a good place ahead of the LV= County Championship curtain raiser against Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.

“The best thing about coming back so early is that we can really nail the fitness work before Christmas, and then it’s a case of keeping that going while we work on our skills,” said Durston.

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