The Connecting Communities project, which has been offering free cricket coaching during the summer holidays, came to a close in Arboretum Park last week with over 30 young people presented medals and certificates by Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton.
The popular sessions were delivered by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Charity Reg No. 1155801), in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire.
Arboretum Ward Councillor Gulfraz Nawaz said: “It’s been great to see Cricket Derbyshire making such a positive contribution to the local community, with plenty of smiling faces among the youngsters that took part.
“My thanks in particular go to Tom Poynton for attending the final session and offering inspiring advice – and to the community coaches that took the sessions throughout the summer holidays.
“To get the Police and Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire working together with Cricket Derbyshire for the benefit of the local community has been a great initiative.
Youngsters aged 16-19 can apply today to be enrolled on the inaugural Cricket Derbyshire Sport Academy for the new term, starting in September 2015.
The new course, delivered in partnership between Cricket Derbyshire and Derby College, provides a robust education option for teenagers with an interest in cricket.
The course will include opportunities to use Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s elite training facilities – and receive coaching and training sessions from professional Cricket Derbyshire coaches.
Delivery will include:
· Technical and tactical coaching.
· Psychological, physiological and lifestyle management.
· Additional cricket related coaching or officiating qualifications.
· Health and fitness programme.
The development of playing skills and coaching is the key aspect of the programme, which will enable a clear route through to higher level study such as University, or possible employment opportunities within sport.
All-rounder Wes Durston could not hide his joy after returning career-best figures of 5-19 in the 138-run victory over Worcestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.
Durston's haul blew away the visitors during an extraordinary final session to hand Graeme Welch’s men their third successive LV= County Championship victory - the first time the feat had been achieved since 2002.
Durston was delighted to play a key role as Derbyshire secured a thrilling final-day win on what was a faultless day for Wayne Madsen's men.
“It was just a perfect way to win a game. If we had written a plan out last night, it would probably have been like that," Durston said.
"It was a good toss to win and to get 350 on that first day was vital in setting the game up. The way we bowled could have given us a lead but two of their guys played nicely.
Derbyshire pace bowler Matt Higginbottom has been informed of the Club’s decision not to offer him a contract for next season.
The 23-year-old made six first-class appearances for the county since making his debut against New Zealand in 2013, claiming 14 wickets in total. He also featured in four Twenty20 fixtures and one List A match.
Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “Matt’s opportunities in the team this season have been very limited, but he’s been very professional and continued to work hard throughout.
“Decisions to let players go are always tough. We wish Matt all the best for the future.”
Derbyshire claimed seven wickets in the final session to secure a dramatic 138-run victory against Worcestershire in the LV= County Championship fixture at The 3aaa County Ground.
Wes Durston claimed career-best figures to blow away the visitors' middle-order after tea as Daryl Mitchell’s side slumped from 59-3 to 129 all out to hand Graeme Welch’s men an enthralling final-day win.
The victory was Derbyshire’s third successive LV= County Championship victory, the first time the feat has been achieved since 2002.
Derbyshire began the day in search for quick runs as they set about setting Worcestershire a total to chase. Wayne Madsen was the mainstay of the innings, falling just two runs short of his second century of the campaign, as he was the ninth man out for 98 off 135 balls (11 fours, 1 six).
Derbyshire have signed all-rounder Shiv Thakor from Leicestershire on a two-year deal.
The 20-year-old turned down a number of alternative offers to commit his future to Derbyshire until the end of the 2016 season.
Thakor is a former England Under-19 Captain and made his first-class debut at the age of 17 in 2011. He has featured in 24 first-class matches in total, scoring 1,288 runs at average of 39, including two hundreds and nine half-centuries, and claiming 16 wickets.
The talented all-rounder has also competed in 24 List A fixtures, hitting a top score of 83 not out and picking up 17 wickets.
Thakor said: “I would like to thank the staff, board and most importantly the supporters at Leicestershire.
“It's been a tough decision to leave the county that has given me my start in professional cricket, but I feel it's time to take the next step forward.
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will arrive in UK in time for next week’s fixture versus Glamorgan after the Club received confirmation that his visa has been granted.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We knew the deadlines were tight but – because it’s such a key signing for the Club - we have worked hard to make it happen.
“As well as giving the team a boost going into the final games of the season, Pujara’s signing is also an important part of our strategy to build on the work of our India Club and engage with a new generation of Derbyshire cricket fans here in the City.
“It’s been a pretty tense period as we waited for visa approval and we’re really grateful to Chris Williamson MP who has been helping us track progress on the visa and giving us confidence that we were on course for a timely completion.
Opening batsmen Ben Slater and Billy Godleman both recorded half-centuries as Derbyshire began to build a good lead over Worcestershire going into the final day at The 3aaa County Ground.
It was a frustrating morning for the hosts, however, as Joe Leach (71) and Shaaiq Choudhry (44) added 117 runs for the seventh wicket as Worcestershire claimed a 29-run first-innings lead.
The Pears were finally bowled out for 385, thanks largely to the bowling of Mark Footitt who claimed two wickets on the day to take his innings tally to 6-115. It was Footitt's fourth Championship five-wicket haul of the campaign and on his way to the feat the left-arm paceman claimed his 150th first-class scalp for Derbyshire.
Worcestershire had survived until the lunch interval, before Durston (2-31), who found turn and bounce, and Footitt shared the final two Worcestershire wickets - with the visitors securing a slender first-innings lead.
Slater and Godleman began the Derbyshire second innings and managed to reach tea unscathed and having already eradicated the first-innings deficit, with Derbyshire 38 without loss.
Mark Footitt produced an impressive display of fast bowling, taking 4-61, to help reduce Worcestershire to 221-6 at stumps on Day Two at The 3aaa County Ground, trailing Derbyshire by 135 runs.
Wayne Madsen's men secured a fourth batting bonus point during the morning session as, despite losing Alex Hughes for 74 early on, Tony Palladino (38*) and Footitt (11) hit some late blows to help post 356.
Footitt got the early wicket Derbyshire wanted when Richard Oliver handed him a caught and bowled for just a single.
A stand between Daryl Mitchell (67) and Tom Fell (70), however, frustrated the hosts who went wicketless during the afternoon session, with Worcestershire 126-1 at the Tea interval.
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