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PREVIEW: Squad named for Championship opener

Graeme WelchGraeme Welch has named a 13-man squad for the LV= County Championship opener against Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Sunday.

New Zealand international Martin Guptill will make his return to Derby and will hope to maintain his dazzling form after hitting an unbeaten 161 off 108 balls against Cambridge MCCU last week.

Tony Palladino, who missed the victory at Fenner’s, returns to the squad, while Shiv Thakor is in line to make his first-class debut for the Club after joining from Leicestershire in the close season.

Chesney Hughes is also included in the squad after he missed the university fixture, but Jonathan Clare and David Wainwright are still absent through injury

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Madsen targets victory in Lancashire opener

Wayne MadsenWayne Madsen is delighted with the progress made during pre-season and is now targeting a fast start to the new campaign which begins on Sunday. 

Derbyshire entertain Lancashire in the LV= County Championship curtain-raiser, which starts on Sunday (11am) at The 3aaa County Ground.

The visitors have appointed Ashley Giles as their new Director of Cricket, after Mike Watkinson stepped down at the end of last season. They also have a new captain in all-rounder Tom Smith, and will enter the new season as one of the promotion favourites.

But Madsen believes, following a successful winter programme, that Derbyshire will be on their game as they look to start the new season with a win. 

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LV= County Championship Matchday Information

LV=CCDerbyshire begin their LV= County Championship campaign against Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground; starting on Sunday 19 April. 

Lancashire enter the new campaign with a fresh approach after the appointment of Ashley Giles as their new Director of Cricket during the off-season. 

The county, who were relegated from Division One last season, begin the campaign as one of the bookies' favourites for an immediate return to the top flight after securing the signing of Australia paceman Peter Siddle.

Tom Smith has been named as Captain in place of Glenn Chapple who has moved into a player-coach role, while South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince continues to turn out for the Red Rose County.

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Guptill enjoying return to red ball cricket

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill says he is enjoying his return to red ball cricket and hopes he can help Derbyshire make a quick start to their four-day campaign which begins on Sunday. 

The New Zealand international arrived at Derbyshire last week following a record-breaking World Cup campaign where he finished as the leading run scorer, scoring 547 runs at an average of 68.37 and a top score of 237 not out. 

The 28-year-old featured in the recent victory against Cambridge MCCU and showed no signs of rustiness with the red ball, hitting a rapid 161 off 108 balls before retiring, as Derbyshire won by an innings and 264 runs.

Guptill is delighted with his batting form and the smooth transition from playing in the World Cup to arriving to play red ball cricket in Derbyshire and can't wait for the new season to begin on Sunday versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground.

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NatWest T20 Blast Fantasy Game returns for 2015

T20 Fantasy GameDerbyshire supporters will be able to join the action and excitement of the new NatWest T20 Blast season by playing a new edition of a Fantasy Game launched by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today.

Following the game’s success last season – with more than 18,000 fans entering, the free-to-play Fantasy Game challenges fans to pick and manage their “dream team” of county cricket’s T20 stars within a budget to stand the chance of winning big cash prizes.

Participants will automatically enter the main competition for the grand prize of £2,020.

Players will also compete with their fellow county fans in one of 18 mini-leagues – one for each county, with the winners of these mini-leagues winning £300.  

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Rimmington joins up with Derbyshire squad

NathanRimmingtonBig Bash star Nathan Rimmington has joined up with his new teammates at The 3aaa County Ground ahead of the NatWest T20 Blast which begins next month.

The Australian fast bowler has signed to play for Derbyshire throughout the entire tournament and brings a wealth of limited overs experience, having played a starring role for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash.

Rimmington has arrived in the UK early to train with the squad and play local Club cricket to prepare for the new NatWest T20 Blast competition, which begins on Friday 15 May with a trip to Headingley to face Yorkshire Vikings.

“I am very pleased to be here at Derbyshire,” Rimmington said. “I am looking forward to meeting all the boys a bit more and getting started.

“I am playing some club cricket here before the tournament to just get my body moving again after having about a month off since the end of the season back home in Australia. I will just ease into it and then hit the ground running.

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Thakor praises depth of bowling attack

Shiv ThakorAll-rounder Shiv Thakor has praised Derbyshire’s bowling unit, ahead of the LV= County Championship opener against Lancashire on Sunday.

Thakor is in contention to make his Derbyshire first-class debut this weekend, after joining from Leicestershire in the close season.

The 21-year-old excelled in the two-day demolition of Cambridge MCCU which concluded with a day to spare at Fenner’s on Monday.

He made an unbeaten 60 as Derbyshire racked up a rapid 535 against the university students, before taking five wickets in the match as Derbyshire rattled through the Cambridge MCCU line-up twice in under four sessions.

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Club Reception moves to The 3aaa Pavilion

The 3aaa PavilionThe Club's main reception has now moved from the Gateway Centre into the The 3aaa Pavilion, ahead of the start of the 2015 season.

Supporters wishing to purchase Membership, matchday tickets or Six Packs for the new campaign will be able to do so at the reception located on the ground floor in the new Atrium. 

Access to The 3aaa Pavilion is located via the Pentagon Roundabout entrance and parking is available. 

The Club invested a million pound during the off-season specifically on improving Members' facilities, creating a new exclusive Members Lounge and Executive Members Lounge on the first floor. A new lift has also been installed to ensure easy access for all. 

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BBC Radio Derby to cover every ball in 2015

The 3aaa County GroundBBC Radio Derby will once again cover every ball home and away of Derbyshire’s 2015 campaign - and commentary is now available wherever you are via the BBC mobile and tablet app.  

The new LV= County Championship gets underway on Sunday when Lancashire visit The 3aaa County Ground; 11am start.

We hope to see you at the ground, but if you are unable to attend, BBC Radio Derby commentary will be available to access on mobile and tablet, meaning supporters can follow the action wherever they are.

Supporters will have a huge range of live commentaries at their fingertips, along with news, match data, scorecards and interviews. Also, for those accessing via the free BBC Sport app, fans can choose to receive alerts, which will send through the wickets and results as they happen. All the content can also be accessed via the BBC Sport website.

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