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Sadler: Squad in a good place

JohnSadlerElite Performance Coach John Sadler says the players are in a good place as preparations for the new season continue after the Christmas break.

The squad reported back to The 3aaa County Ground on Monday for the next phase of pre-season, as the training intensity begins to increase as we move closer to the 2015 campaign, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April.  

Sadler said: “The lads have been brilliant so far. We tested them prior to Christmas and took them out of their comfort zones. There have been a lot of early morning running sessions on the outfield and lots of skilled based work.

“And the results, so far, have been good. The fitness results we got before Christmas were the best they have ever been here. The lads are in good shape and in a real good place ahead of the new season.

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#DCCCXI: Vote for your 21st Century Derbyshire XI

#DCCCXIDerbyshire County Cricket Club is giving supporters the opportunity to vote for their 21st Century Derbyshire first-class XI.

As we countdown to the Membership Early Bird Deadline on February 1st – which offers savings of £15 on Membership – the Club is collating a Derbyshire first-class XI made up of players who have represented the county from the year 2000 onwards.

Supporters will get the chance to vote using the Club’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts, and on derbyshireccc.com.

Any Derbyshire player who has represented the county in first-class cricket since 2000 is available for selection. Overseas players will also included, but only two will be included in the final XI (subject to change).

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2015: One big summer awaits

OneBigSummerHappy New Year to all Members, supporters, sponsors and everyone connected to the Club - it’s 2015 and one big summer awaits.

The season begins on Sunday 19 April when Derbyshire’s newly-transformed matchday facilities will be launched with a four-day fixture versus Lancashire.

The LV= County Championship opener will provide the first opportunity for Members to enjoy a match from their newly transformed facilities at The 3aaa County Ground following a £700k close season investment.

It will also see players take the field from the Gateway Centre for the first time with that building having also undergone a winter transformation into a dedicated centre of cricketing excellence.

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Madsen urges supporters to believe

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen is targeting a repeat of Derbyshire’s fine end of season form - but this time right from the start of the 2015 campaign.

The 2015 summer of cricket is on sale - with supporters being able to watch all 46 days of home cricket for less than £4 a day if purchased before February 1st Early Bird deadline - and the Derbyshire skipper is vowing to reward Members with a tough, relentless and aggressive brand of cricket.

The Derbyshire skipper believes his young team will take great belief from their form during the second half of the 2014 campaign and are aiming to start the new season with a bang.

Madsen said: “We’ll back each other and be fearless. We’ll keep coming at teams and we’ll be tough to play against.

“If you look at the games we won in 2014, we’ve had to hang tough, stay in the game and keep taking blows.

“There’s a belief from what we’ve done during the second half of 2014. That will bode well going into next season and I hope the members share our belief.

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Download the 2015 fixtures to your calendar

2015FixturesDownload Derbyshire's home fixtures for the 2015 season straight to your Outlook calendar, Smart Phone or Tablet Device and don't miss any of the action next summer. 

The downloadable file will update your digital calendar with Derbyshire’s home fixtures in 2015 to ensure you don’t miss any of the action at The 3aaa County Ground or Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.

The 2015 season begins on Sunday 19 April when Lancashire visit Derby in the LV= County Championship.

The LV= County Championship opener will provide the first opportunity for Members to enjoy a match from their newly transformed facilities at The 3aaa County Ground following a £700k close season investment.

It will also see players take the field from the Gateway Centre for the first time with that building having also undergone a winter transformation into a dedicated centre of cricketing excellence.

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Australia win Test series with India

#AustraliaInDerbySteven Smith hit a career-best 192 as Australia drew the third Test versus India at Melbourne.  

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In the third Test, Australia posted 530 in the first innings, largely thanks to stand-in Captain Smith who hit 15 fours and two sixes in his 305-ball innings.

Virat Kohli (169) and Ajinkya Rahane (147) led the Indian reply sharing a 259-run stand, but wickets for Mitchell Johnson (3-135) and Ryan Harris (4-70) dismissed the visitors for 465.

Australia declared at lunch on the final day on 318-9, with Shaun Marsh top scoring with 99, to set India 384 to win in 70 overs.

Despite the best efforts of pace trio Johnson (2-38), Harris (2-30) and Josh Hazlewood (2-40), India survived until stumps to end on 174-6, with Kohli top-scoring with 54.

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Merry Christmas from all at Derbyshire CCC

#MerryChristmasDerbyshire County Cricket Club would like to wish all of our Members, supporters, 1870 Business Club partners and everyone connected to the Club a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

The Club would also like to take this opportunity thank you all for your support in 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you back to a redeveloped 3aaa County Ground, Derby, and to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in 2015.

We remind supports that the Club's offices are now closed for Christmas and will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 5th January.

Any supporters wishing to renew Membership for the 2015 season over Christmas can still post their applications, using the free return envelope enclosed in Membership packs, and will be processed in the New Year.

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Ground Development Blog #6: Significant progress made

GroundDevelopmentIt’s 64 days since the contractors from Derwent Valley Construction first arrived at The 3aaa County Ground and when they left the site on Monday evening for their Christmas break, they did so with some significant work already completed.

In the Gateway, the corridors on the lower ground floor have been built, plastered and painted, while the dressing rooms have advanced to the stage where the next fix will be plastering, lighting and carpets.

The Pavilion has undergone a comprehensive electrical re-wire, seen new drainage installed, along with new plumbing and air conditioning, while the extension roof trusses were added on Monday.

When the contractors return in January, the focus will be on the lift installation in the Pavilion, along with the fitting out of the first floor. Lighting, carpets, a newly-designed bar, television screens, drop-down projector screens plus a newly-created reception area on the ground floor will all be completed before the formal commissioning of services in March.

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Over 3,000 attend Christmas Parties at The 3aaa County Ground

ChristmasPartiesDerbyshire County Cricket Club enjoyed another popular festive period welcoming over 3,000 guests to The 3aaa County Ground.

The Club hosted 14 spectacular Snow Ball Christmas Parties across eight nights in November and December.

Christmas Parties at The 3aaa County Ground – which were voted as the best in Derbyshire by Derby Telegraph readers - continue to grow in popularity, with nights now selling out weeks and even months in advance.

Guests at each night were treated to champagne on arrival, before being transported to a magical wonderland in either the Marquee or the Gateway Centre.

The traditional Christmas three-course dinner followed, with guests choosing from our delightful a la carte menu, before the evening concluded with live entertainment and disco.

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