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Derbyshire appoint Elite Performance Analyst

graemewelchGraeme Welch (pictured) says the appointment of the Clubs first ever Elite Cricket Performance Analyst is the final piece in his ambitious coaching jigsaw as Derbyshire push for success.

Nick Kesingland, who previously worked at fellow first-class county Essex, has been appointed as the Club’s new analyst and will join Welch's coaching set-up in time to prepare for the new LV= County Championship season.

As well as holding a Masters degree in Sport Performance Analysis from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Kesingland is a fully qualified ECB Level 2 Coach and will be working closely with the rest of the elite coaching team, analysing the squad’s performance while also studying opposing teams via video analysis and statistics.

Elite Performance Director Welch says Kesingland will be a valuable support to the coaches and will help get the most out of Derbyshire’s cricketers.

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Derbyshire claim second straight pre-season win

ScottElstoneDerbyshire maintained their winning start to pre-season with a six-wicket win over Worcestershire in a Twenty20 fixture in Abu Dhabi.

Scott Elstone bowled an inspired spell of bowling, claiming four wickets, to turn the tide after Worcestershire had made a good start. Elstone was ably assisted by Tom Knight and Tony Palladino as Daryl Mitchell’s side posted 126-9 from their 20 overs.

Derbyshire cruised to their victory target with relative ease, with Chesney Hughes top-scoring with 48 off 35 balls and Elstone adding 29 to make it two wins out of two for Graeme Welch's men.

Worcestershire made a quick start after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (38) and Daryl Mitchell (37) shared a 79-run opening stand inside the opening 10 overs, before new recruit Scott Elstone - bowling his first over for the county – dismissed both batsmen in successive balls.

Elstone was the pick of the bowlers, completing his four-over spell with impressive figures of 4-15, as Derbyshire turned the screw in the last 10 overs.

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VIDEO | Durston pleased with winning start

WesDurstonWes Durston spoke to derbyshireccc.com after Derbyshire’s 126-run victory against Worcestershire in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Durston top-scored with an excellent 94 off 74 balls as Graeme Welch’s men claimed a comfortable victory in the county’s opening match of the tour.

Derbyshire posted 342-8 off their 50 overs, with Stephen Moore - making his first outing for the Club - adding 74 off 78 balls and Billy Godleman chipping in with 47 off 40 balls.

Wayne Madsen’s side men then claimed regular wickets with the ball, with Mark Footitt the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 51 off eight overs, as Worcestershire were all out for 216 in 42 overs.

“To post 342 was a really good effort and we backed it up in the field,” Durston said. “We’ve very happy with the way we played.

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Derbyshire make winning start to pre-season tour

AbuDhabiDerbyshire made a winning start to their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, defeating Worcestershire by 126 runs in a 50-over contest.

Wes Durston top-scored with an excellent 94 off 74 balls, while Stephen Moore - making his first outing for the Club - added 74 off 78 balls as Derbyshire posted 342-8 off their 50 overs.

Graeme Welch’s men then claimed regular wickets with the ball, with Mark Footitt the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 51 off eight overs, as Worcestershire were all out for 216 in 42 overs.

Derbyshire started positively after winning the toss at the Zayed Stadium.

Chesney Hughes and Moore shared a 57-run opening stand with both men enjoying success particularly through the off-side.

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Derbyshire to face Worcestershire in tour opener

abudhabiDerbyshire will begin their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi with a 50-over clash versus Worcestershire tomorrow (Sunday); 6.30am start (UK time).

The squad flew to the United Arab Emirates earlier today and will spend nine days based at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

They will compete in fixtures against the Pears and international outfit New Zealand, who have chosen Abu Dhabi as their base ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, before returning on Sunday 16th March.

Following four consecutive visits to Barbados, Derbyshire were originally planning to spend their entire pre-season in the UK.

However, following the introduction of the new Elite Performance model, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and his team are keen to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running when the new season commences in April.

Derbyshire will compete in three fixtures against fellow first-class county Worcestershire, beginning with a 50-over fixture on Sunday and concluding with a two-day match starting on Thursday 13th March. 

The fixtures against Daryl Mitchell’s side will bookend to days of Twenty20 cricket featuring Derbyshire, the Kiwis, Worcestershire and an ECB XI with Welch’s men facing Brendan McCullum and co on Wednesday 12th March.

As well as the matches themselves, Abu Dhabi will also provide a warm weather backdrop to the intense regime of Elite Performance Training that is already preparing Derbyshire for the 2014 campaign.

Derbyshire (from): W Madsen (capt), B Godleman, S Moore, W Durston, M Footitt, M Turner, S Elstone, T Groenewald, J Clare, P Borrington, A Hughes, M Higginbottom, D Wainwright, C Hughes, T Poynton, R Johnson, B Slater, T Knight, T Palladino, B Cotton.

Worcestershire (from): D K H Mitchell (capt), G M Andrew, G Cessford, S H Choudhry, O B Cox, T C Fell, N L Harrison, A Hepburn, A N Kervezee, T Kohler-Cadmore, J Leach, C A J Morris, M G Pardoe, C J Russell, J D Shantry, R A Whiteley, B L D'Oliveira.

Abu Dhabi Itinerary in full:

Date                                                    Event
Friday 7th March                                  Fly out
Saturday 8th                                        Practice
Sunday 9th                                          50 over match v Worcestershire
Monday 10th                                       Practice
Tuesday 11th                                       Practice followed by T20 v Worcestershire
Wednesday 12th                                  T20 v New Zealand & T20 v Worcestershire/ECB Select XI
Thursday 13th                                      2 day game v Worcestershire
Friday 14th                                           2 day game v Worcestershire
Saturday 15th                                       Practice
Sunday 16th                                         Fly home

 

Burgoyne to spend time away from cricket

peterburgoyneDerbyshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that Peter Burgoyne has been granted an extended period of absence.

Peter has been struggling with stress-related issues for some time and the Club, the PCA and Peter have agreed that he should be allowed to have time away from the professional game to focus on his recovery.

The Club will continue to work closely with the PCA in order to support Peter through this period and will review the situation once his recovery is complete.
               
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: "We are obviously disappointed that Peter won't be actively involved with final preparations for the new season. He is an exciting young cricketer with bags of potential and a promising future ahead of him.

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Hughes excited about return to action

ChesneyHughesChesney Hughes says he is looking forward to returning to action this week when the squad jet off to Abu Dhabi for their pre-season tour.    

The powerful all-rounder has spent the winter recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent at the close of the 2013 campaign.

The injury prevented him from bowling last season, but after five months of rehabilitation, the 23-year-old says he is now fully fit again and is looking forward to returning to action during Derbyshire’s trip to the United Arab Emirates. 

“I’m really looking forward to the tour and getting back outside playing cricket,” Hughes said.

“It’s been a weird winter for me not playing cricket, but I am now fit again and ready to get back out there.

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Miller: Presidency honour is special

GeoffMillerGeoff Miller OBE says he is honoured to be chosen as the next Derbyshire County Cricket Club President. 

The Supervisory Board unanimously supported the nomination of the former Derbyshire Captain and England & Wales Cricket Board National Selector who will be officially ratified at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th March.

Chesterfield-born Miller played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990, claiming 888 wickets and scoring 12,027 runs, including two centuries, in 283 career first-class matches.

“It’s a great honour to be selected to be the next President,” Miller said.

“I have a lifelong passion for Derbyshire being born in Chesterfield and enjoying many great years here as a player. I am very privileged to be asked to hold this role.

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Madsen: Thank you for your support

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen has thanked supporters, Members and local businesses for their generosity after the players raised over £6,500 at the Players’ Pre-Season Fundraising Lunch. 

The players were so committed to finding funds for their trip to Abu Dhabi that they arranged their own fundraising event which took part in the County Ground Marquee yesterday.

The first-team squad were joined by over 200 guests who were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, with compliments of Seven Restaurant and Café Bar, a three-course meal and amusing anecdote from guest speaker and Derbyshire legend Geoff Miller OBE.

Thanks to kind donations and the generosity of those in attendance, the players raised upwards of £6,500 for their pre-season tour which will now allow Graeme Welch’s men to prepare for the new season alongside New Zealand in the elite sporting environment of the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. 

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