Captain Wayne Madsen says Derbyshire can take the positives from their first season back in the top flight – and be back even stronger in 2014.
Madsen led from the front scoring 1,221 LV= County Championship runs in 2013, compiling three centuries and guiding his side to three Division One victories.
But defeat in the final fixture to Warwickshire at the County Ground confirmed that Karl Krikken’s side will ply their trade in Division Two next season.
Madsen, however, is confident that his young side will be better off after their top flight experiences as the side aim to bounce back at the first attempt next season.
“There’s a huge determination that now we’ve had a taste of Division One we will be striving to make sure that we get back,” the 29-year-old said.
What a catch! Pick your favourite catch from the 2013 season for a chance to win a DCCC Programme signed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season we are looking back at some of the highlights from an historical campaign for Wayne Madsen’s side.
We are asking supporters to pick their favourite catch – and we have three crackers to choose from:
Will it be Billy Godleman’s superb effort running backwards against Leicestershire, David Wainwright’s one-handed grab against the same opponents or Mark Turner’s ridiculous running diving catch against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge?
Former Nottinghamshire batsman Scott Elstone has signed a one-year incremental contract with Derbyshire after impressing in the Second XI in 2013.
The Falcons agreed terms with the 23-year-old but have released Alasdair Evans whose one-year contract has come to an end. Batsman Ben Slater has also not been offered a contract at the present time.
Elstone scored 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, during an extended trial period in 2013 - as well as making his Derbyshire debut in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Essex.
Burton born and a product of the Nottinghamshire Academy, Elstone played 34 limited-overs matches for the Outlaws prior to departing Trent Bridge in 2012.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul took time out of his busy schedule to hold a private coaching session with a local cricketer - after donating the money-can't-buy prize to support ‘Balls to Cancer’ in memory of the late David Smyth.
The world number two Test batsman welcomed Roger Cartwright to the County Ground, after the Stainsby Hall batsman won the prize in a silent auction run by staff at Virgin Active to battle testicular cancer in the wake of David’s death from the disease earlier this year.
His colleagues at the Virgin Active gym, where he worked as a personal trainer, hope to raise money through the auction as well as other fund raising activities for their chosen charity ‘Balls to Cancer’.
David was a keen and very able cricketer for Derbyshire County League side Stainsby Hall - and fittingly the winner of this exclusive prize was from the same club.
Speaking after the session, Chanderpaul said: “It’s great that I can lend my support and help the charity set-up in memory of David Smyth.
Chief Executive Simon Storey says, despite relegation, Derbyshire is continuing to build a Club capable of sustainable success in the long-term.
Wayne Madsen’s men claimed three victories in their first season back in the top flight for over a decade, but defeat to Warwickshire last week confirmed the side’s relegation from Division One.
Storey, however, remains upbeat citing the experience the players have gained during a historic LV= County Championship season.
“It was clearly a disappointing end to the season - but this is about a learning experience,” he said.
“When we entered the season we were everyone’s favourites to finish bottom.
“It was clearly a tough ride at the beginning and it took us some time to adjust. But when we look at what we achieved - particularly in the second half of the season - and still being in it with one game to go was fantastic.
Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy member Harvey Hosein has been selected to take part in the England Development Programme this winter.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was a regular in Stephen Stubbings’ Second XI this season, compiling 119 runs and displaying exceptional skill behind the stumps.
His performances has warranted the 17-year-old a call-up to the England Development Programme, who will be holding a training camp at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.
The development camp will lead into a competitive training camp in Sri Lanka during the Easter holiday, which will feature fixtures against Sri Lanka Under-17.
England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney OBE said: “This winter will offer great development opportunities for this squad of young players.
Wayne Madsen became the first player to retain Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Player of the Year award outright since the turn of the century at last night's presentation evening.
The 29-year-old scooped the prestigious prize for a second straight year in recognition for an impressive 2013 season in which he hit 1,628 runs and became the first man to reach 1,000 Championship runs, achieving the feat against Middlesex at the County Ground, Derby in August.
He also captained the side admirably, leading the team to three LV= County Championship Division One victories in Derbyshire's first season back in the top flight for over a decade.
Chesney Hughes, meanwhile, picked up two awards; Yorkshire Bank 40 Player of the Year and the Eddie Barlow Inspirational Performance Award for his record-breaking unbeaten 270 against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie back in April.
The list of winners in full is as follows:
Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy Player of the Year (In memory of Jack Swindell): Ben Cotton
Chris Warne Shield for Academy Performance: Greg Cork – Second XI 77 v Leicestershire
Cricket Derbyshire, the umbrella body overseeing professional and recreational cricket across the county, has opened disciplinary proceedings against a number of individuals for malicious communications and images published in social media.
Following consultations with the police, lawyers and representatives of Derbyshire Cricket Board and the County and Premier Leagues, the County Club has already issued a number of indefinite bans to individuals from all grounds, venues, buildings and events connected with the Club.
Both cricket leagues will also be contacting Clubs and players as they consider potential disciplinary proceedings.
Cricket Derbyshire is now working on a joint Social Media Code of Conduct which will be released during the close season.
County Club Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The growth of social media has generally been extremely positive at all levels. It’s proving to be a great way for clubs, players and fans to communicate, debate and keep up-to-date; and the large majority of interactions are constructive, well-meant and often amusing.
Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen has been named the 2013 Cricket Writers' Club County Championship Player of the Year, sponsored by William Hill.
Madsen scored 1,221 LV= County Championship Division One runs this season - a tally exceeded only by Yorkshire's Gary Ballance - at 43.60 in 16 matches with three hundreds and eight fifties; leading his side to three victories in the county's first season back in the top flight for over a decade.
The 29-year-old was the first player to score 1,000 Championship runs when he reached that landmark on Tuesday 20th August against Middlesex at the County Ground, Derby - with his highest score the 152 he made against Surrey in May.
This is the second individual honour Madsen has won this season after he became the inaugural winner of the BBC/MCC Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award, named after the respected journalist who was President of the Cricket Writers' Club at the time of his passing, for "exceptional sportsmanship" in a County Championship match against Yorkshire at Queen's Park, Chesterfield, during the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
The County Championship Cricketer of the Year award, in common with the Young Cricketer, is voted for by the Full Members of the Cricket Writers' Club, which represents the overwhelming majority of those working in England covering the sport be they journalists, photographers or broadcasters.
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