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Wes Durston Blog: Here's to a successful 2014

WesDurstonThe Derbyshire squad report back to training on Monday as they continue to prepare for the fast approaching 2014 season. All-rounder Wes Durston looks ahead to the new campaign in his latest blog for the Club. 

As the New Year is upon us it's only natural to start thinking about the new season.

I get very excited this time of year as we continue to move closer to the start of the new season. When the fixtures were released in November I didn't really study them too much, but over the Christmas period I found myself looking at them more and more.

To think that we’ll be playing cricket in less than three months on April 1st at the County Ground is very exciting – providing, of course, that we get good weather!

Now the festive period is over I find myself putting my kit in my bag ready for Monday morning’s training, in anticipation of some hard work over the next few weeks.

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Moore set for an action-packed 2014

StephenMooreNew recruit Stephen Moore is looking forward to an exciting 2014 with Derbyshire. 

The former Worcestershire, Lancashire and England Lions opening batsman signed a two-year deal with the county last month and is now set for his first week at the County Ground, as Wayne Madsen’s men report back to training on Monday.

After listening to the Club's long-term ambitions, Moore is excited about the future and hopes he can contribute both on and off the field to a successful 2014 campaign. 

“I think it’s exciting times with the squad and I’m excited about the future,” Moore said.

“I had the chance to meet the squad before the Christmas break and listen to the Club's long-term ambitions. I also had a chance to chat to a few of the younger lads who I hadn’t really spoken much to before, so that was good.

“I’ve been training during the off-season keeping my fitness levels up and I’m now looking forward to joining up with the squad next week in Derby.

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Cotton thanks Book Shop volunteers

BenCottonBen Cotton has thanked Phil Kirby and the dedicated volunteers at the Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop for raising the funds that financed his 2014 summer contract. 

The Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby graduate was awarded his first summer contract at the close of the 2013 campaign; thanks to the Book Shop, its volunteers and the generosity of Members and supporters.

Sales soared after the Book Shop underwent a refurbishment prior to last summer, raising over £3,500. All proceeds support the development of young Derbyshire cricketers.

That helped fund summer contracts for Cotton and his fellow Academy graduates Tom Taylor and Greg Cork, and the trio now have an opportunity to progress their Derbyshire careers in 2014.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Phil Kirby and the rest of the Book Shop volunteers for their amazing efforts last season,” Cotton said.

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Happy New Year from everyone at Derbyshire

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

The Club would again like to thank you all for your support in 2013 and we look forward to welcoming you back to the County Ground, Derby, and Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in 2014.

We remind supports that the Club's Membership Services Department will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 6th January.

Any supporters wishing to renew Membership for the 2014 season can post their applications, using the free return envelope enclosed in Membership packs, throughout the festive period and Memberships will be processed in the New Year.

The online counter for purchasing Membership, Six Pack Tickets and/or Matchday Tickets will also remain open during this period at derbyshireccc.com with orders, again, being processed in the New Year.  Click here to purchase Membership or tickets online>>>

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Geoff Miller gets OBE in New Year’s Honours list

GeoffMillerFormer Derbyshire Captain Geoff Miller has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The 61-year-old has earned the award for a lifetime’s service to cricket, which included 254 first-class and 244 one-day appearances for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1986, before returning for a single season in 1990.

After retiring from the professional game, he joined the national selection panel in 2000 and took on the role as National Selector in 2008. Since then, England has won three successive Ashes series, their first global one-day trophy and taken over as number one in the Test rankings.

Miller will step down as chief selector in the New Year after six successful years in the job.

Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant said: "Everyone at Derbyshire County Cricket Club would like to congratulate Geoff Miller on receiving this special honour. It's a fitting reward for over 40 years of loyal service to the game."

During a glittering playing career, the Chesterfield-born all-rounder claimed 888 first-class wickets at 27.98 and scored 12,027 runs at 26.49.

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Gerald Mortimer dies at the age of 77

GeraldMortimerFormer Derby Evening Telegraph Sports Editor and Chief Sports Correspondent Gerald Mortimer died last night at the age of 77.

Gerald covered Derbyshire cricket for near-on four decades as the Derby Telegraph’s cricket correspondent, combining that with his coverage of Derby County Football Club for the same newspaper.

He is one of only four non-cricketers to have received an Honorary Life Membership of the club.

Sympathies from all at Derbyshire CCC are extended to everybody close to Gerald who described the 1981 NatWest Trophy victory over Northamptonshire, at Lord’s, as his most emotional day in Journalism.

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Derbyshire Advent Calendar: Day 24

DerbyshireAdventJoin Derbyshire County Cricket Club as we countdown to Christmas with our very own special Derbyshire Advent Calendar.

Each day in December we will open a new door on the Derbyshire digital Advent Calendar, available on our Facebook page, revealing a new surprise each day. 

We will be publishing videos and running competitions throughout the festive period as we continue our build-up to Christmas and the 2014 season, which beings with a trip to Grace Road to face Leicestershire in the LV= County Championship on Sunday 6th April.

December 24th
Today with Derbyshire Advent Calendar we are joined by batsmen Ben Slater and Paul Borrington who go head-to-head in our short quiz, as we ask them how many first-class runs has Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit in his long career?

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Regional Representatives air Members’ views

CricketDerbyshireDerbyshire County Cricket Club Regional Representatives met with the Supervisory Board last week to discuss topics Members have put forward.

Regional Representatives, who act as representatives for Members within each region across the county, spoke about a variety of matters which the Members within their district have brought up since the close of the 2013 campaign.

It was also a chance for Regional Representatives to understand more about the goings on at the Club, including the recently announced Elite Cricket Performance model, in order to relay the information back to their Members.

Derby City Regional Representative Alan Flintoff said: “It was a good opportunity for the Regional Representatives to put forward the concerns of Members within our own districts.

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Moore gunning for trophies

StephenMooreNew signing Stephen Moore is hoping to win silverware with his new Club.

The former England Lions, Lancashire and Worcestershire opener has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire.

The 32-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the dressing room after amassing over 8,800 runs at an average of 36.39 during his first-class career spanning over a decade.

Moore, who highlighted the involvement of Captain Wayne Madsen as a key factor in his decision to join the Club, is looking forward to playing his part in a successful future.

“I’m really looking forward to the prospect of representing Derbyshire,” he said.

“When I got told about the interest from Derbyshire and I had conversations with Wayne [Madsen], it was an easy decision to join.

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