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Players to host Pre-Season Luncheon

Players'LuncheonSupporters will gain a unique insight into life as a professional cricketer at the Players’ Pre-Season Luncheon on Wednesday 4 March - an event arranged entirely by the players.

As a commitment to raise funds for the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi – and in support of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) – the players have arranged their own fundraising event; Players' Luncheon in the Gateway Centre Main Hall.

At the special event, guests will gain an insight into the Club’s preparations for the new season, experience a live training session with Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and take part in a Q&A session with the entire First Team squad.

Guests will receive a glass of champagne or orange juice on arrival before being treated to a delicious two-course lunch. 

Each table will be joined by a Derbyshire player, giving guests the opportunity to pick the brains of members of the current playing staff.

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Poynton wins PCA Personal Development Scholarship

TomPoyntonTom Poynton has been awarded a Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Personal Development Scholarship.

The scholarships were introduced by the PCA in 2013 to find and reward the most proactive members, past and present, on or off the pitch, in the area of Personal Development.

The initiative seeks to incentivise past members who have moved on to new career pathways as well as encouraging current players to plan and prepare for their future off the pitch.

Poynton will receive a scholarship of £1,000 towards Personal Development course funding, resources of his choice or to reimburse costs already incurred.

Poynton’s busy year of Personal Development activity began after he was ruled out of the entire 2014 season by a leg injury which he sustained in a car accident in which his father, Keith, tragically died.

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Club anticipating a duo of sell-out local derbies

NatWest T20 BlastNatWest T20 Blast tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now and the Club is anticipating a duo of sell-out local derbies at the height of summer.

Fixtures against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Derby and Yorkshire Vikings at Chesterfield have once again been handed prime dates, and demand is already high.

The visit of neighbours Nottinghamshire to The 3aaa County Ground, a fixture that sold out in advance in 2013, will be played on Friday 26 June; 7pm start. And the visit of Yorkshire to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield is on Sunday 12 July (2.30pm start), a game which saw over 4,000 in attendance in 2014.

The 3aaa County Ground will host four Friday night fixtures in total in 2015, beginning with the visit of Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May; 7pm start.

Alongside matchday tickets, supporters can also take advantage of a Six Pack Ticket allowing admittance to any six home days of cricket in 2015, including the group stages of the NatWest T20 Blast competition, for just £72.

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Guptill hits ton in World Cup warm-up

GuptillWatchNew signing Martin Guptill has continued his good form down under hitting a century off 85 balls in New Zealand’s World Cup warm-up fixture versus Zimbabwe on Monday morning.

The powerful opening batsman smashed 13 fours and two sixes to top score with 100 as the Black Caps reached 157-7 in Lincoln, before rain intervened and no more play was possible.

Guptill’s fifth ODI century followed a knock of 76 off 88 balls against Pakistan last week – and supporters will be able to see the 28-year-old 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.

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Sleep outside with DCCC; so others don’t have to

Sleep EasyHelp Derbyshire CCC and YMCA Derbyshire raise money for the homeless with an outdoor charity sleepover, at The 3aaa County Ground, on Friday 6 March.

The invitation is open to join the YMCA Derbyshire Sleep Easy event with all money raised going directly to local YMCA Derbyshire projects, helping disadvantaged young and vulnerable people in Derby and Derbyshire build a future.

Already signed up, alongside Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Simon Storey, are Derby College Director of Enterprise Louise Curd and Bell & Co Managing Director Richard Salt from the Club’s 1870 Business Club and other business and community leaders including:

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Derbyshire announces 2015 Charity Partners

CharityPartnersDerbyshire County Cricket Club has announced its Official Charity Partners for the 2015 season – YMCA Derbyshire, Ashgate Hospicecare and Derbyshire Carers. 

The selection process focussed on association with Derbyshire, project delivery within the county, previous partnership work and the opportunity for Cricket Derbyshire to make a real difference.

YMCA Derbyshire

An independent Christian charity committed to helping people at times of need, regardless of their gender, race, ability or faith.

They provide housing for people facing homelessness, innovative learning and development programmes, various schemes for children and their families and other projects aimed at achieving sustainable community development.

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Welch confident ahead of new season

Graeme WelchGraeme Welch has been pleased with the squad’s progress over the winter and believes they are giving themselves the best chance of making a quick start to the new season. 

The Derbyshire squad have been in pre-season training since early November improving fitness levels and honing their skills ahead of an action-packed summer of cricket.

Welch has been pleased with what he has seen so far as he targets a good start to the new LV= County Championship campaign, beginning with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April.

“Pre-season has been really good so far,” Welch said. “The fitness results are the best they have ever been and the skin fold results are down. The scores in the yo-yo test have also been the highest ever.

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Limited places remain for Madsen Coaching Clinic

MadsenA limited number of places remain for the popular Wayne Madsen Half-Term Coaching Clinic, in support of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.

Madsen is hosting sessions for boys and girls of all abilities in the Gateway Centre Cricket Hall, at The 3aaa County Ground, on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 February. Only a limited number of places are available so book early to avoid disappointment. 

50% of all proceeds raised will go to the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801); Cricket Derbyshire’s dedicated charity who deliver cricket programmes and wider more diverse community projects benefitting health, education and social inclusion across Derbyshire.

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Membership soars following Guptill capture

MartinGuptillMembership sales are up 33% year-on-year as Derbyshire County Cricket Club supporters prepare to vote with their feet in support of Graeme Welch’s side in 2015.

Numbers have soared past the 1,000 mark with over two months still to go until the start of the season; 85 of them joining for the first time as oppose to 44 at this point in 2014.

Boosted by the timely capture of popular New Zealander Martin Guptill as overseas player for the opening months of the new season, 182 Members joined during the final seven days of Early Bird prices last week.

Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “This growth in Membership income, as with all revenue streams, is critical to maximising investment in a successful team on the field.

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