Vice President David Griffin looks at the 2015 fixtures, the grounds Derbyshire will visit and the games supporters can enjoy at The 3aaa County Ground and Queen's Park, Chesterfield, next summer.
Derbyshire has played first team competitive cricket on almost 160 different grounds, and whilst 2015 will bring no new ones, there are two venues which leap from the fixtures list.
I‘ve had the pleasure of visiting 81 grounds to watch Derbyshire, but both Guildford (pictured above) and Southport will be new ones for me.
Derbyshire became only the second team to visit Guildford when they defeated their hosts, Surrey by and innings and 43 runs in 1939, but have waited almost seven decades for their second visit.
Surrey have played 93 first-class matches at the Woodbridge Road out-ground, plus a further 39 List A games, and a large holiday crowd should be in attendance for the Royal London One-Day Cup game in early August.
Derbyshire have played at the Trafalgar Road Ground at Southport more recently, although not since 1976 when they lost a Benson and Hedges Cup game to Lancashire.
Head Groundsman Neil Godrich was named One-Day Groundsman of the Year at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) 2014 Groundsman of the Year Awards last night.
Godrich (pictured above far right) was commended for the one-day pitches produced at The 3aaa County Ground which were rated as the best in the country in 2014.
Over 1,500 runs were scored in three completed Royal London One-Day Cup matches, while over 1,300 runs were accumulated in four completed NatWest T20 Blast fixtures.
Godrich was also commended in the four-day pitch category for pitches produced at The 3aaa County Ground.
Every pitch is rated at the end of the match by each of the umpires with these ratings used as the basis for making the awards.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has signed all-rounder Wayne White on a one-year deal.
The Derbyshire-born all-rounder re-joins the Club who he represented in 11 first-class matches between 2005 and 2008, before enjoying spells with Leicestershire and Lancashire.
White featured on-loan in Derbyshire’s final four LV= County Championship fixtures in 2014, claiming 11 wickets at an average of 20.81 and helping the county secure three victories.
The 29-year-old has featured in 76 first-class matches in total, hitting over 2,500 runs with a top-score of 101 versus Derbyshire in 2008, and claiming 166 wickets.
Wayne Madsen says there is a lot to look forward to during an action-packed 2015 season, as Derbyshire aim for silverware in three domestic competitions.
Derbyshire will host 46 days of cricket in 2015, including the traditional NatWest T20 Blast local derbies against Nottinghamshire at Derby and Yorkshire at Chesterfield during the height of summer.
Graeme Welch’s men will also entertain Australia in a three-day tour match in the midst of an Investec Ashes series, starting on Thursday 23 July, and host at least one home first-class game every month during the April to September campaign.
“There are a lot of things to look forward to next summer,” Madsen said.
“We have ambitions for success in all competitions and the work we are doing now over the winter will be key. The main thing for us is to gear ourselves up for that first Championship game.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is seeking an experienced and highly-motivated Head of Catering who will lead the transition of our £1m+ catering operation from our existing contract catering model to a high quality, customer focused in-house catering operation.
The role is broad and highly rewarding; the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and managing the Club’s match-day catering operation - specifically hospitality, bars and fast food kiosks – and the growing Conference, Meetings, Weddings and Events business at The 3aaa County Ground, a unique 365 day-a-year sporting, Conference & Events venue, located at the heart of Derby
Continual development of the business; menus, products and presentation; service techniques; staff training & leadership; KPI setting, management and motivation; and operational efficiencies will be essential for the success of the role.
We are looking for a candidate with stadium or equivalent multi-unit experience within a catering environment; with strong management and leadership skills.
Cricket Derbyshire would like to extend our thoughts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Philip Hughes after the tragic and terrible news of his passing in Sydney today.
The passing of Hughes, aged 25, is a tragedy for cricket and our thoughts in particular are also with his friends and former colleagues at Hampshire, Worcestershire and Middlesex County Cricket Clubs.
Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant said: “Shocking news that Phil Hughes has died and sends a shudder through anyone who plays or is involved in the game.
“A very apt BBC quote this morning outlined perfectly that this is a great tragedy for the sport and that he leaves his crease far too early.”
Captain Wayne Madsen said: "Devastated to hear the tragic news about Phil Hughes. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, team mates and Sean Abbott during this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace Phil.”
Looking for a venue to host your 2014 Christmas Party? Enjoy a magical evening this Christmas at The 3aaa County Ground as we make the beautiful Marquee sparkle for our elegant Snow Ball.
Only one dates - Thursday 18 December - is still available for the popular Christmas event - so book now to avoid disappointment!
The event starts with champagne on arrival, before guests are transported to a magical wonderland for a traditional Christmas three-course dinner, choosing from our delightful a la carte menu. The enchanted evening will be complemented by live entertainment and conclude with a disco.
If you're organising your Christmas party this year, you can be confident of enjoying a fun-filled evening at The 3aaa County Ground. Dates run throughout December, but be quick as only a limited number of places are available.
All-rounder Jonathan Clare underwent a successful operation last week to remedy the lower back pain which ruled him out for the majority of the 2014 season.
The 28-year-old featured in only one Derbyshire First XI fixture last summer due to his injury.
After extensive testing to diagnose the problem, Clare underwent surgery in London last Monday to resolve the issue. He now faces a four to six-month rehabilitation period hoping to be fully fit for the start of May.
“I underwent a successful operation to solve the problem and I’m now looking forward to the future,” Clare said.
“It’s been very frustrating; I’ve been tearing my hair out. I’m sure a lot of other people have been as well.
“The problem grew from an old stress fracture when I was 16. All of the stress was going onto one side which is not a great thing to be doing when you’re a bowler.
We’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.
Our final Match to Remember from 2014 is Derbyshire’s thrilling victory over Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground as the Falcons secured their spot in the last eight of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Billy Godleman struck his highest List A score of 96, while Wayne Madsen continued his good form hitting 57 off 65 balls, before some late blows from Tony Palladino (28 off 14 balls) helped the host set Gloucestershire a tricky 272 to win.
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