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Derbyshire record third win in Abu Dhabi

Derbyshire vs WorcestershireDerbyshire defeated Worcestershire by six wickets to make it three wins from three on the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Briggs of Burton.

On the second day of the two-day friendly, Derbyshire successfully chased down a target of 88 to win with Ben Slater top scoring with 67 and leading his side to a comfortable win before carrying on to bat out the remaining overs.

The day began with Worcestershire on 103-2 and looking to close in on Derbyshire’s first innings total of 276-3.

Left-arm seamer Harry White - who recently signed an incremental contract for 2015 - claimed the first two wickets of the day, beating Alexei Kervezee (33) for pace to remove his middle stump and then enticing the edge of Ross Whiteley without scoring. They were his first two scalps for the first team. 

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals but Alex Gidman anchored the innings to score 62 .

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Malcolm: Indoor school demolition represents progress

Devon MalcolmDerbyshire legend Devon Malcolm says the demolition of the old indoor school represents the Club’s progress as the first phase of ground development nears completion.

A million pound has been invested during the off-season redeveloping the Pavilion into a new and exclusive facility for Members on matchdays - and a state of the art 300-seater Conference & Events venue on non-matchdays. 

The players, meanwhile, have moved in to the Cricket Derbyshire Elite Performance Centre, known formerly as the Gateway Centre, where all their training and matchday facilities will be under one roof. 

Malcolm, who spent 14 years at the county claiming 579 first-class wickets, says he's impressed with the work completed over the winter as he visited the ground to oversee the final demolition of the old indoor school, a place he learned his trade as a fast bowler.

“The old indoor school was where I learned my cricket,” Malcolm said. “We spent a lot of time there during pre-season, but that was then and the demolition is a sign of the Club’s progress.

“I could read off the players that used the old indoor school. Players like Geoff Miller, Bob Taylor, Kim Barnett, John Morris, Dominic Cork, Chris Adams; probably six or seven players that would go onto play international cricket who were using the facilities there.

“At the time we used it, it did its job. Back then we thought it was the best.

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Fewer then 70 Executive Memberships left for 2015

ExecutiveMembershipHave you secured Executive Membership for the 2015 season yet? Fewer than 70 remain for the new season and demand remains high. 

A million pound has been invested during the current off-season in renovating the Pavilion to create a new and exclusive lounge for Executive Members. 

It will offer some of the best seats in the house, accompanied by balcony views, with waiter/waitress service available. 

And NEW for 2015 is the Dual Membership; Executive Membership for you and your partner at a discounted rate - saving you £285. 

Demand is high, so purchase your Executive Membership today to avoid disappointment.

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Century for Madsen on good day for Derbyshire

MadsenWayne Madsen hit an unbeaten hundred during a century stand with Harvey Hosein – who scored 92 – as Derbyshire enjoyed a good first day against Worcestershire in Abu Dhabi.

Batting first in the two-day red-ball fixture, Derbyshire begun brightly through Billy Godleman (18) and Ben Slater (31) before Madsen and Hosein piled on the runs.

Both started conservatively but soon got into their stride. Madsen brought up his half-century from 75 balls whereas Hosein took 82 balls to reach the same milestone.

Hosein was unlucky to fall in the nineties, bowled by Gareth Andrew for 92, but by that time his partnership with Madsen had soared past 150.

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Hughes praises team spirit after winning start in UAE

ChesneyHughesChesney Hughes praised the side's fighting spirit following back-to-back victories to start the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Briggs of Burton. 

Derbyshire made the perfect start to their pre-season tour defeating Worcestershire by six runs in a thrilling 50-over contest on Monday.

Chesney Hughes top scored with 112, before three wickets for Alex Hughes and two apiece for Tony Palladino, Wayne White and Shiv Thakor sealed a narrow win in the final over.

"It was a really good sign," Chesney Hughes said. "We could have lost that game with the bat after being four down cheaply and lost it with the ball when they were flying.

"In each aspect we showed a lot of fight – we're a resilient side and we're tough to beat.

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Stunning Thakor leads Derbyshire to victory

Shiv ThakorAll-rounder Shiv Thakor hit a sensational 97 from just 49 balls to help Derbyshire defeat an ICC Associate XI by 71 runs in a Twenty20 friendly and make it two wins from two in Abu Dhabi. 

In an innings that included seven fours and seven sixes, Thakor put the ICC XI attack to the sword during a match-winning partnership of 133 with Wayne Madsen (42*)

Ben Slater (18) and Billy Godleman (37) had earlier got Derbyshire off to a good start but fell in quick succession to bring Thakor and Madsen to the crease.

Thakor got to his half-century with minimal fuss before blasting successive sixes and then a further three sixes in a row the following over.

The 21-year-old, who signed from Leicestershire at the end of last season, fell just three runs short of his century but by that time had already taken his side past 200 and into a commanding position.

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BTEC Cricket course an exciting new option for post-16 education

Sport AcademyYoungsters 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.

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Derbyshire's Magical Christmas Experience

Christmas 2015Join us at The 3aaa County Ground as we transform our suites to capture the magic of Christmas. Read our NEW online brochure today.

Voted the best Christmas venue in Derbyshire in 2014, we are proud to offer you one of the area’s biggest and best venues for party nights over the festive season.

We have everything covered, catering for shared or exclusive party nights for an amazing evening with colleagues, family or friends. 

Arrive and meet your party with a glass of bubbly before feasting on our delicious Derbyshire sourced three course banquet before rockin’ around the Christmas tree into the small hours, as you are entertained by our Live Band and resident DJ.

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Chesney Hughes' ton helps Derbyshire make winning start in UAE

Chesney HughesA blistering century from Chesney Hughes helped Derbyshire get the Abu Dhabi pre-season tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, off to a perfect start as they defeated Worcestershire by six runs.

Chesney Hughes’ innings included a total of five sixes, in addition to nine fours, as the Anguilla-born all-rounder found form in the sweltering heat.

Chesney Hughes struck 112 - and enjoyed a 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Alex Hughes (60) - to guide his team to within two runs of 300 off their 50 overs. 

There was also an important contribution from the returning Tom Poynton - making his first appearance in 12 months - who hit a quick-fire 44 not out as Derbyshire posted 298-9 on a green surface.

Alex Hughes (3-25) then proved to be clinical with the ball for Derbyshire, bowling Daryl Mitchell for 58, removing Richard Oliver for 63 and castling Alexei Kervezee for a golden duck during a devastating spell. 

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