Derbyshire paceman Mark Footitt has been nominated for Professional Sportsperson of the Year Award at the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards, sponsored by the University of Derby.
Footitt produced his most prolific season to date, during which he claimed 106 wickets in all competitions, more than any other Derbyshire bowler since 1965.
The 28-year-old ended the LV= County Championship season as the country’s leading wicket taker with 84 first-class wickets at an average of 19, including six five-wicket hauls and career-best figures of 6-48.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club will return to Abu Dhabi for a second successive year as Briggs of Burton’s sponsorship of the pre-season tour commences.
The Burton based global engineering firm has pledged a five-year partnership with the Club to become official sponsors of the pre-season tour in memory of the late Keith Poynton, father of Derbyshire wicketkeeper, Tom.
The partnership secures future pre-season tours, which will allow the Derbyshire squad to partake in warm weather outdoor pre-season training ahead of each new campaign, starting with the March 2015 trip to Abu Dhabi.
The squad will fly to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday 7th March and will spend nine days based at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium before returning on Monday 16th March.
Derbyshire will compete in both red and white ball action against first-class opposition as Abu Dhabi provides a warm weather backdrop to the intense regime of pre-season training ahead of the 2015 campaign.
Youngsters aged 8-12 are being given the opportunity to join a half-term training session with Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen next week.
The Derbyshire Captain will host the session for boys and girls of all abilities in the Gateway Centre Cricket Hall, at The 3aaa County Ground, on Wednesday 29 October.
The session will last from 9am until 12.30pm, during which youngsters will learn from a man with over 200 matches to his name as a professional, scoring over 10,000 runs.
Admittance to the session is charged at just £20 per child, with 50% of revenue to be donated to the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity no. 1155801).
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has pledged better facilities for Members than ever before after 2015 packages went on sale and development work commenced on the Lund Pavilion.
In excess of £700,000 is being spent renovating the facilities at The 3aaa County Ground which will create transformed exclusive areas for Members and Executive Members of the Club.
Over the next six months, significant improvements will take place in the pavilion, including the construction of a new atrium entrance area housing the Club reception, the installation of a lift, new toilets and the creation of an air-conditioned single room capable of seating 300 people.
The first floor room will include a room divider and will be used on matchdays as a Members’ Lounge and new Executive Members’ Suite. Additionally, the existing outdoor viewing balcony will be extended to double its present size.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “It’s exciting that the Lund Pavilion refurbishment will secure much improved facilities for our Members and Executive Members next season.
Derbyshire Cricket Board celebrated the successes of their up and coming cricketers last week at its annual Player Presentation Evening.
Over 300 people (including 120 players) gathered at The 3aaa County Ground for the event where the girls’, boys’ and womens’ county squads were presented with commemorative handbooks by Derbyshire wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein and the Women’s 1st XI Captain, Sarah Sribala-Sundaram.
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Chairman Chris Grant says the start of ground development work is evidence that the Club is moving in the right direction.
Alongside fast-bowler Mark Footitt and representatives from key contractors, Grant officially launched the development at The 3aaa County Ground yesterday.
The Lund Pavilion will undergo a transformation to create enhanced facilities for Members, as well as creating a state-of-the-art conference and events venue for 300.
Grant said: “It’s a relief to get started on the redevelopment which is long overdue. I think this all adds to the fact that we are going places here at Derbyshire.
A cricket pavilion is the main building within which the players usually change in dressing rooms and which is the main location for watching a cricket match for members and others. Well, that’s one definition.
If you only watched cricket at Derby during the two decades up until 1982, you’d be forgiven for disagreeing with that statement.
After the main square was re-located in 1955 to its present location, it was always the stated intention of successive committees to build a new pavilion for players and officials.
Unfortunately, largely because of the lack of finance, players were destined to be housed in the Jockeys’ Quarters in The Paddock until 1982, in conditions quite unsuitable for professional sport and in stark contrast to the often lavish pavilions at other counties.
The 1970s was a decade of remarkable growth for the county game; three one-day competitions were well supported with sell-outs for both Lord’s finals and all the world’s great players flocked to the only place they could earn money from playing cricket between April and September.
The Cricket Derbyshire India Club is celebrating Diwali at The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 21 November; from 6pm.
Families can enjoy an evening of entertainment, which will include a delicious three-course meal provided by renowned local Indian restaurant, Slice of India.
The traditional Indian celebrations, which will take place in the beautiful 3aaa County Ground Marquee, will be complemented by Live Entertainment, Raffle and a spectacular Fireworks display.
There are only a limited number of places available for the family event, with children aged 10+ welcome. Tickets are priced at just £30 for Adults, £20 Juniors and £100 for a Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Juniors).
Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s development of The 3aaa County Ground is officially underway.
Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant, alongside fast-bowler Mark Footitt and representatives of the key contractors, officially launched the development earlier today.
It is due for completion in time for the start of the 2015 season and will comprise two key projects.
Grant said: “After a robust planning process, we’re delighted that work on the first phase of our redevelopment is now underway.
“To fulfil our ambition for success on the field, we need first-class facilities for players, members, spectators and our business customers.
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