Wayne Madsen and Tom Taylor paid a visit to Mickleover Primary School as part of the Club’s community initiative.
Excited youngsters were given the opportunity to enjoy a game of Kwik Cricket with the Derbyshire duo as well as ECB qualified coaches from the Derbyshire Cricket Board (DCB).
There was also a chance for the children to ask Taylor and Madsen questions about life as a professional cricketer and their hopes for 2015, before getting posters and other items autographed.
“It’s a great opportunity for us as players and a Club to get out into the local community,” Madsen said.
Two Derbyshire Members received a once in a lifetime visit from Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen as he personally delivered their 2015 Memberships.
Members who purchased their 2015 Membership before the February 1st Early Bird deadline were entered into a draw to have their Memberships delivered in person by Madsen.
Paul and Elaine Pritchard, from Mickleover, were the lucky winners and received their visit from the Derbyshire Captain on Tuesday afternoon.
The couple, who have been Members at the Club since 2010, were delighted to received the unexpected visit and took the opportunity to chat to Madsen about pre-season training and their hopes for 2015.
Watch below the moment Madsen surprised Mr and Mrs Pritchard:
New Zealand made it two wins out of two at the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a three-wicket win over Scotland at Dunedin.
Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill, opening the batting, hit 17 off 14 balls before Kane Williamson top scored with 38 as the Black Caps chased down 142 inside 25 overs, with three wickets remaining.
New Zealand top group A with four points, with Australia close behind on two. Sri Lanka, England and Scotland are all yet to register a point.
Guptill is back in action on Friday morning (1am GMT) as New Zealand face England at Wellington.
Guptill will be back in Derbyshire colours this summer. The top-order batsman will be available for the opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their One-Day International (ODI) series versus England in June.
Over 35 young budding cricketers took the opportunity to learn from Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen and fast bowler Tony Palladino at the Half-Term Coaching Clinic last week.
Madsen hosted his second Half-Term Coaching Clinic, after the inaugural event in October sold out. The February coaching clinic was similarly popular with children aged between 6 and 12 years taking advantage of the unique opportunity to learn from the Derbyshire pair.
The youngster took part in batting, fielding and bowling drills, while there was also a chance to grab a photo and autographs from Madsen and Palladino.
Paul Stirling struck 92 from 84 balls to guide Ireland to a famous World Cup victory over West Indies at Nelson, New Zealand.
Former England international Ed Joyce played aggressively for his 84 before Niall O’Brien finished unbeaten on 79. It was left to John Mooney to hit the winning runs with over four overs remaining as Ireland chased down 304 to claim a four-wicket win.
There have been five successful 300+ chases in World Cup history, three of which are by Ireland.
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Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 61 days away and excitement is building for the new season, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.
The Falcons also begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (6.30pm start) and join us for an explosive evening of cricket.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Will Davis has been selected for the England Under-19s tour of Australia in March and April.
Davis has been included in a 16-man squad to face Australia Under-19s for a four-day match taking place at the WACA from April 6 – 9, followed by one-day fixtures on April 13 and 15 in Bunbury, and 18, 21 and 24 at Murdoch University.
Head of the EDP, Andy Hurry will oversee the month-long tour from March 25 – April 25, with support from EDP Coaches Tim Boon and Ian Brunnschweiler.
The 19-year-old was named Academy Player of the Year at last seasons’ Awards Evening after captaining the Academy side in 2014 and impressing while in action for the Second XI. He was awarded with a summer contract for the 2015 season and has been training with the first-team squad over the winter.
Kevin Dean has pledged to sleep outside so others don’t have to at the YMCA Sleep Easy; Friday 6 March at The 3aaa County Ground.
Dean, who took 401 first-class wickets during his Derbyshire career from 1996 to 2008, serves the Club as Supervisory Director and has pledged to sleep in the car park on the night in aid of YMCA Derbyshire’s campaign to help disadvantaged young people in Derby.
The invitation is open to join the YMCA Derbyshire Sleep Easy event with all money raised going directly to local YMCA Derbyshire projects, helping vulnerable people in Derby and Derbyshire build a future.
Already signed up, alongside Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey, are Derby College Director of Enterprise Louise Curd, Bell & Co Managing Director Richard Salt and Ibox Security Managing Director Sean Price from the Club’s 1870 Business Club and other business and community leaders including:
Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill hit 49 as New Zealand made a winning start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka by 98 runs in Christchurch.
Guptill struck five fours in his knock of 49 off 62 balls as the Blackcaps secured a convincing victory in the opening fixture of the tournament.
It was a special match for the powerful opener, as he competed in his 100th One Day International for his country, only the 23rd New Zealander to reach the milestone.
New Zealand are back in action on Monday evening (10pm GMT) as they face Scotland in Dunedin.
Head of Commercial Ryan Duckett says a 365-day-a-year Conference & Events model will aid in the Club’s quest to continue its ever increasing investment on the field.
The newly-redeveloped 3aaa Pavilion has been transformed into a state-of-the-art Conference & Events venue, capable of hosting 300 guests, and creating a new income streams for the Club.
Duckett said: “To drive our performance on the field, we need to create new income streams. The focus now over the next few years is to drive our non-cricket revenue to increase our overall income and invest in cricket.
“We want to have a successful team in Derbyshire and the more you invest, the more success you will get.
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