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Cricket Derbyshire pays its respects on Remembrance Sunday

RemembranceDerbyshire County Cricket Club paid its respects this Remembrance Sunday by laying wreaths at services across the county as the people of Derbyshire came together to remember. 

Club Regional Representatives, who act as representatives for Members within each region, attended services within each district on behalf of Cricket Derbyshire as part of a national day of remembrance. 

As part of a jointly coordinated operation, Regional Representatives from Derby City, Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield and Bolsover, East Staffordshire, High Peak, Erewash and South Derbyshire laid commemorative wreaths to remember fallen Service men and women.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “It was appropriate that we were represented in every district on Remembrance Sunday this year as the County Cricket Club honours those who have lost their lives in service for the people of Derbyshire.  

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Derbyshire launches 2014 Membership

Membership2014Derbyshire County Cricket Club has announced its Membership prices for the 2014 season and all categories are now on sale.

The pricing reflects the need to invest in the Club’s ambitions for success, but includes the chance to make savings of £15 prior to the 31st January Early Bird deadline.

Further discounts remain in place for students, senior citizens and those living more than 20 miles from the County Ground.

All regular season matches are once again included meaning Members can enjoy the three-day match against India in July at no extra charge, as well as eight home LV= County Championship matches and a combined 12 games across the 50 and 20 over competitions.

Early Bird Junior Membership is priced at just £20 and the popular Six Pack Tickets are again available for use at any six matches throughout the season, priced at £66.

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Hosein proud of England recognition

HarveyHoseinThird-year Academy member Harvey Hosein spoke of his pride after being selected for the England Performance Development programme for a third straight year.  

The young wicketkeeper has a busy winter ahead of him as he travels the country to join up with the England Development programme while resuming his training commitments with the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby.

Hosein is hoping a good off-season will help him have an impact for both the Derbyshire Academy and Second XI in 2014.

“I’m really looking forward to another year on the Academy working with the coaches here at Derby,” he said.

“The dedicated coaching staff at the Club will help us cover all the relevant areas as we continue with our developments. They help your all-round game and set you up perfectly for professional cricket.

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Royal London becomes ECB’s game-wide one-day cricket title sponsor

RoyalLondonThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) celebrates another major commercial boost ahead of the eagerly anticipated Ashes Series in Australia, in announcing that Royal London, the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company, will become the headline sponsor of one-day cricket at international, county and recreational levels from 2014. 

Royal London has six million customers, and recently announced a new strategy which will see each of its 11 existing brands migrate to its Royal London masterbrand.

The ECB’s vision of game-wide title sponsorship for each format has now come to fruition with Royal London sponsoring all one-day cricket, Investec sponsoring Test cricket, NatWest sponsoring all T20 cricket and LV= backing the County Championship.

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Brodrick motivated by former graduates

CallumBrodrickSecond-year Academy member Callum Brodrick says seeing former graduates awarded summer contracts acts as the perfect motivation as the class of 2014 begin their winter programme.

The young batsman hit the headlines in 2013 when, on 12th man duty for the first team, he took a crucial catch to remove England’s Eoin Morgan in Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship Division One triumph against Middlesex.

Brodrick will rejoin the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby for a second year in 2014 and he hopes a successful winter will offer him more opportunities with both the Second XI and Karl Krikken’s side next season.

“I’m looking forward to the winter training,” he said. “I’ve kind of missed it during our break but happy to be back and can’t wait to get started again.

“It’s a great philosophy to have assisting the Academy players come through. There’s a great ethos in the Academy and at the Club as a whole.

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Quick-Fire Questions with Tony Palladino

TonyPalladinoSeamer Tony Palladino is the next man to get into the hot-seat with ex-Derbyshire all-rounder Jake Needham as he answers quick-fire questions about his team-mates.

This is the next in a series of quick-fire interviews with members of the playing and coaching staff as they reveal all about their fellow Derbyshire colleagues. 

Who is the most talented member of the squad?
Shiv. He’s scored about 6 million runs during his career, so I’m not sure there is much more I can say about that.

Who is the biggest joker?
Wainers [David Wainwright] is pretty funny. He likes his iPad apps so he’s always sending funny videos and keeping us entertained.

Who is the most vocal person in the dressing room?
Tina [Mark Turner] is pretty good at that. I think Tina and I are quite good when we play together. We tend to ‘gee’ each other and hopefully pick the team up.

Who is most likely to be late for training?
Easy, Chesney!

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2014 Academy launch in partnership with University of Derby

AcademyCricket Derbyshire has launched its 2014 Academy programme in partnership with the University of Derby.

The intake includes seven returning Academy Members who will have the opportunity to work with the dedicated Academy and first team coaching staff as they continue their developments with the Club.

The selected players will spend the winter working on their skills and taking lifestyle advice before embarking on a summer of cricket under the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby banner.

The continuing partnership with the University of Derby, including the sponsorship of the county’s LV= County Championship shirt, will see Cricket Derbyshire once again support the University of Derby’s Team Derby cricket team as part of the first University/Academy cricket partnership in the country.

The Club is dedicated in producing local home-grown talent and five graduates – Tom Poynton, Ben Slater, Matt Higginbottom, Alex Hughes and Peter Burgoyne – played vital roles as Derbyshire claimed their first top flight victory for over a decade during a historic 2013 campaign. 

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2013 Season Review: Part Three

TauntonThe curtain has fallen on a historic 2013 season for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

After a 13-year absence, Wayne Madsen’s young side stepped into the unknown to do battle in the highest league in the land; LV= County Championship Division One.

Many in the media wrote off the chances of Karl Krikken’s side, and after the opening fixtures even the most dedicated of supporters couldn’t argue with the pre-season predictions.

But in the face of adversity, a Derbyshire side containing a plethora of Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates broke the mould and at the height of summer handed the county their first Division One victory since the two-tier structure was launched, back at the turn of the century.

During an astonishing four-week period, the Club clinched three wins – more than Surrey and East Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire claimed all season – to re-install an immense sense of pride to the people of Derbyshire, and to kick start their Division One campaign.

In part three, read how, despite a narrow defeat to Surrey at the Kia Oval, Karl Krikken’s men refused to back down and had one more hurrah in the crucial match versus Somerset. 

Click here to read Part Three of Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Season Review>>>

Academy graduates handed summer contracts

BenCottonCricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Ben Cotton and Tom Taylor have been awarded summer contracts for 2014.

And Head Coach Karl Krikken was quick to praise the efforts of the volunteers in the Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop whose contribution has gone a long way to funding both contracts.

The Book Shop is celebrating a record-breaking year after surpassing its £3,000 sales target for the season, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of Members and supporters.

Sales have soared since the shop underwent a refurbishment prior to the start of the 2013 campaign and they recently recorded a record day’s sales taking £358.90 on the opening day against Warwickshire.

All proceeds support the development of young Derbyshire cricketers such as Cotton and Taylor who will now be welcomed to the senior squad as their pathway towards careers in the professional game continues.

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