Derbyshire conclude their 2014 LV= County Championship campaign against Leicestershire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Tuesday (10.30am).
Graeme Welch has named an unchanged squad as Derbyshire go in search of their fifth win in their last six Championship fixtures, which will also see the county finish the season in fourth place in Division Two.
When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, Derbyshire recorded their first win of the summer, thanks largely to efforts of David Wainwright who scored a century and claimed five wickets in the match.
Derbyshire enter the fixture off the back of an eight-wicket win over Surrey at the Kia Oval last week. Opening batsmen Billy Godleman scored his maiden first-class hundred for the Club, his sixth career first-class century, whilst India Test star Cheteshwar Pujara finished unbeaten on 90 as Derbyshire chased down 251 on Day Three.
Leading wicket-taker Mark Footitt has hailed the impact of Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch after enjoying his best season to date, with a fixture still to go.
The left-arm paceman has claimed a career-best 77 first-class wickets to date in 2014 at an average of just 19.84 and including six five-wicket hauls.
Only four players have claimed more first-class wickets in a season since 1975; Devon Malcolm (82 wickets in 1996), Kevin Dean (83 wickets in 2002), Geoff Miller (87 wickets in 1977 & 1984) and Dominic Cork (90 wickets in 1995).
Footitt says the arrival of Welch has played a big part in his success this summer and he believes the county has an exciting future ahead.
"It's certainly a shame the season is coming to an end for me but it shows what can happen if I am fit, on the park and bowling like I believe I can," said Footitt. "This year it just seems to have clicked for me.
"It was a massive change last winter with Graeme Welch coming in with a totally new structure. No-one really had a clue what to expect from him but he's been a fantastic appointment for the Club and I'm really excited about the future of the county.
Derbyshire have been drawn in Group A for the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup, and Wayne Madsen is hoping Derbyshire can build on a successful 2014 one-day campaign.
Derbyshire overturned a minus two point deficit to reach the knockout stages of the competition this summer after claiming four wins in Group A this summer.
Madsen believes the Club has made great strides in the 50-over competition this year and has targeted a second successive knockout berth for 2015.
"We had a good run in this season's competition and the tournament gave us a good lift in terms of the season,” Madsen said.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has been drawn in Group A for the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
Graeme Welch’s men have been drawn alongside five teams who were in Group A with Derbyshire this summer; Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire, plus Somerset, Surrey and 2014 champions Durham.
The competition will follow the same format as this year, with Derbyshire facing each team once, competing in four home fixtures - against Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire and Yorkshire - and four away. The top four teams from the group will advance to the quarter-final stages, ahead of semi-finals and a final at Lord’s.
The Falcons reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup, the county’s first knockout berth since 2005, after claiming four victories in Group A this summer.
Pace bowler Mark Footitt says he doesn't want the season to end after enjoying his best year to date.
Derbyshire’s frontline seamer has claimed a career-best 77 first-class wickets in 2014, with one fixture still to go, at an average of just 19.84 including six five-wicket hauls.
Only four players have claimed more first-class wickets in a season since 1975; Devon Malcolm (82 wkts in 1996), Kevin Dean (83 wkts in 2002), Geoff Miller (87 wkts in 1977 & 1984) and Dominic Cork (90 wkts in 1995).
“I don’t want this season to stop,” Footitt said. “You try to put everything into the last few games because this doesn’t happen every year. You keep thinking to yourself, keep bowling how you’re bowling and do everything you can to take as many wickets as you can for the team.
“The body’s still feeling good. I’ve been looked after really well. I’m enjoying my cricket this year and, obviously, it has been coming out quite nicely.
Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that words of encouragement from partner Billy Godleman helped him play a match winning role against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Pujara ended unbeaten on 90 from just 105 balls during an unbroken 154-run partnership with centurion Billy Godleman (104 not out) as Graeme Welch’s men chased down 251 to seal their fourth LV= County Championship win in five fixtures.
“I thought about it yesterday when we had to chase 251 and thought this was the perfect time to come forward,” Pujara said.
“I was batting really well in the nets, to be honest, it was just that I was not getting a start.
“When I went in, I was timing the ball well and there wasn’t much swing, so I thought if I play my natural game and if the ball is there, I will just go for it.
Billy Godleman thanked Derbyshire for keeping the faith after posting his first century for the county at the Kia Oval.
Opening batsman Godleman batted throughout the day to finish 104 not out (9 four, 1 six), his sixth first-class hundred, and steer his side to an eight-wicket win at the Kia Oval – Derbyshire’s fifth four-day victory of the season.
“It feels wonderful to play a part in winning a game for Derbyshire," Godleman said.
"The conditions were really tough this morning – it was obviously overcast and the ball swung. There has been a little bit of uneven bounce in the wicket all game, but we stuck to our task well and fought hard to get the win.
Billy Godleman’s century helped Derbyshire complete their highest ever successful run chase against Surrey, as the visitors claimed an eight-wicket win inside three days at the Kia Oval.
Alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, Godleman built an unbroken match-winning stand for the third wicket of 154, as Graeme Welch’s men chased down 251 before tea on Day Three.
Fellow opener Ben Slater also scored an important 45 in a 94-run opening partnership with Godleman to set up the chase. This before Pujara, after two quick wickets, took the initiative away from the hosts hitting an unbeaten 90 from just 105 balls to complete Derbyshire's fifth LV= County Championship victory of the season.
The Spirit of Cricket Derbyshire Award has been launched for 2014 and will be presented annually at Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Player of the Year Awards evening.
It will be handed out for the first time at the 2014 event on Saturday 27 September.
The new prize has been created in association with Briggs of Burton plc, who have provided the new trophy in memory of the late Keith Poynton; former Director of the company and father of Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom.
The winner will also receive a hand tooled commemorative leather briefcase, a sterling silver Scottish Quake and a pair of sterling silver cufflinks, all items made to a unique design that only the winners of this award will ever receive.
The trophy will be awarded each season under criteria that includes: demonstrating the Cricket Derbyshire values of professionalism, integrity, ambition, passion, innovation and achievement – as well as the MCC criteria of outstanding sportsmanship, fair play and respect for captains, opponents, umpires and the traditional values of the game.
It is inscribed Spirit of Cricket Derbyshire - Fac Quod Promisisti (do what you promised) – in Memoriam Keith Poynton (1957 – 2014).
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