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Vote for your 2014 Champagne Moment

#ChampagneMomentDerbyshire County Cricket Club supporters can vote for their favourite ‘Champagne Moment’ from the 2014 season.

Now the season has come to a close, looks back at some of the most notable ‘Champagne Moments’ from the 2014 campaign.

We’ve produced a list of seven contenders; but supporters can provide suggestions for their own favourite ‘Champagne Moments’ which displays exceptional skill or a moment of either historical or statistical importance.

Supporters will be able to vote for their favourite via the Club’s Twitter page; @DerbyshireCCC.

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Miller and Cork to headline inaugural Derbyshire Exiles Dinner

Lord'sDerbyshire legends Geoff Miller and Dominic Cork have been confirmed for Derbyshire Exiles’ inaugural Dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s on Wednesday 19 November.

The Black Tie event will be hosted by ex-Derbyshire and England paceman Cork who made 158 first-class appearances for the county, claiming 505 wickets.

He was the last Derbyshire player to earn international honours, representing England in 37 Tests, picking up 131 wickets, between 1995 and 2002.

Guests will be treated to amusing anecdotes from current Derbyshire President and former ECB Chairman of Selectors Miller.

The former England international played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side.

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BY NUMBERS: Mark Footitt's 2014 season

MarkFootittIt was a campaign to remember for Mark Footitt as the left-arm paceman became Derbyshire’s most successful bowler in a season for almost 50 years.

The 28-year-old ended the campaign with 106 wickets in all competitions in 2014, the most by a Derbyshire bowler since Brian Jackson and Harold Rhodes in 1965.

His haul of 82 Championship wickets was the most in the country, ten more than second places Steve Magoffin – and at a better average of 19.12 compared to the Sussex paceman's 19.51.

It was the most claimed in a Championship season for Derbyshire since Geoff Miller’s 84 in 1984, and only Footitt and Miller have claimed 82 or more Championship wickets in a campaign since 1975.

In total, with the addition of the two wickets claimed against Durham MCCU in April, Footitt claimed 84 first class wickets this summer – the most since Dominic Cork who claimed 90 while on England and Derbyshire duty in 1995.

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Derbyshire reinforces scouting structure

KevinDeanKevin Dean is to lead a newly professionalised scouting system as Derbyshire County Cricket Club breaks new ground in its pursuit of on-field success. 

Dean, the Club’s Cricket Advisory Director who enjoyed a distinguished 13-year career with the Club as a player from 1996 to 2008, will observe an array of home and away cricket starting in 2015.

He will provide intelligence on opposition players and pitches to assist Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and his team with match preparation as well as advising on player recruitment.

Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “We are absolutely committed to supporting Graeme and the elite performance team in bringing sustained success to Derbyshire.

“Graeme has highlighted the need to build a greater capability in scouting and we’re delighted that Kevin has agreed to step up and take on this role.  

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Pujara: Derbyshire can gain promotion in 2015

CheteshwarPuajraIndia batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says he’s been impressed with the quality of the Derbyshire squad during his stay and believes the Club can gain promotion in 2015.

Pujara represented Derbyshire in this season’s final three LV= County Championship fixtures, scoring 219 runs at an average of 54.75, including one century.

The 26-year-old - who has already indicated his interest in returning to the county next summer - is confident after a good 2014 campaign that Graeme Welch’s men can maintain the momentum and enjoy a successful 2015 season.

“We have played some fantastic cricket during my time here,” Pujara said. “We did well, apart from the Glamorgan game, but even then we did well in patches and were unfortunate not to win.

“I have spoken to the guys and they have said that we were just unfortunate to not start the season as well as we have finished it.

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Madsen: Footitt is ready for international recognition

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen says Mark Footitt thoroughly deserves his call-up to the England Performance Programme and believes he has the quality to be an international cricketer.

The left-arm paceman ended the 2014 season as the country’s leading wicket taker, with 106 wickets in all competitions, the most ever by a Derbyshire bowler since 1965.

Footitt will spend three weeks in South Africa taking part in an extensive bowling training camp with ECB coaching staff, during which he will aim to earn a call-up for the England Lions next year.

“For [Mark] Footitt, it just keeps getting better and better,” Madsen said. “We saw him last week once again blow away a team and that’s what he has done all season.

“He has had an excellent campaign and he thoroughly deserves his place on the England Performance Programme.

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Footitt crowned Derbyshire’s Player of the Year

MarkFootittMark Footitt has been crowned Derbyshire’s 2014 Player of the Year at the Club’s annual awards evening.

The 28-year-old claimed the prestigious award in recognition for a memorable season, during which he claimed 106 wickets in all competitions, more than any other Derbyshire bowler since 1965.

The left-arm paceman also picked up the LV= County Championship award after ending the 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.

He had already been presented with the Members’ Player of the Year

Wayne Madsen, meanwhile, claimed two awards after being named NatWest T20 Blast Player of the Year and Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year.

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Madsen hails ruthless display

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen hailed a ruthless performance as Derbyshire blew Leicestershire away inside three days to end the 2014 season with a record-breaking 408-run win.

Ben Slater completed his second century of the match, before Mark Footitt completed his sixth five-wicket haul of the season to seal a convincing win at The 3aaa County Ground – the highest ever by run in Derbyshire’s history.

“I’m very happy to finish the season in such a manner,” Madsen said. “I think the way we have played over the last couple of months has been excellent.

“At the start of this match we just wanted to play like we have recently and we have done.

“We were ruthless and there were many outstanding performances once again.

“The key was to not let our foot off the pedal and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. The boys in the changing can be extremely chuffed.

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Pujara: I would love to return to Derbyshire

CheteshwarPujaraIndia Test star Cheteshwar Pujara says he would love to return to Derbyshire for a second spell in 2015.

Pujara scored his first century for the Club yesterday as they overcame Leicestershire by a record runs margin; having also hit 90 not out to lead the side to victory over Surrey last week.

And the 26-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of returning to The 3aaa County Ground next season.

“If there is a chance to come back again next year, I would of course like to do that,” Pujara said. “It will depend on the schedule of the IPL and the Test series next year, but if there is time I would love to return.

“The experience I have got from playing here is great. I love playing in the UK. Playing conditions are tough for batsmen but if you apply yourself you can score runs.

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