With the well-earned fanfare that the Derbyshire class of 2012 are enjoying after the historic achievement of their first promotion into the top tier of the LV=County Championship, I thought it appropriate to look back at the championship campaign as a whole, and the five season-defining moments that came along the way (if you can’t reminisce after a season like this one, when can you!).
England Under-19s all-rounder Peter Burgoyne (pictured) has signed a new three year contract, whilst fellow all-round prospect Alex Hughes will transfer from a summer contract to a three year full time professional contract from 1 October next year following the completion of his studies.
Burgoyne, 18, has eight career List A and four Twenty20 matches to his credit and hit a maiden unbeaten century for the 2nd XI versus MCC Universities in August.
Derbyshire’s overseas player of 2011 and 2012, Martin Guptill, crowned a fantastic year by becoming the recipient of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at the 2011-12 ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards.
The most prestigious award of the event is decided by an independent panel and handed to the player whose performances have been the most outstanding during the voting period.
With more than 25,000 respondents the County Research Study conducted by Populus reinforced the key findings of the Morgan Review in particular the need to provide regular scheduling for County cricket.
The ECB Board noted the strong desire from Counties and spectators to create an ‘appointment to view’ for T20 cricket spread over a longer period of the season. There was no compelling preference from spectators for 40 over cricket rather than 50 over cricket and therefore the format from 2014 will replicate the 50 over format played by the national team.
Consistent with feedback from the players there was a strong desire to retain the LV County Championship in two Divisions of nine teams.
The club has moved to retain the services of Houghton, who played a key part in ensuring Derbyshire were promoted to Division One of the LV=County Championship in 2012.
Head Coach Karl Krikken has again opted to utilise the Specialist Coaching Fund, one of the key elements of the future cricket strategy; announced in June 2011.
Derbyshire’s title-winning captain Wayne Madsen has signed a new three year contract.
The 28-year-old batsman becomes the latest player to commit his future to the club, securing a new deal to remain at the County Ground until the end of the 2015 season.
In his first season as captain in 2012, Madsen led a young Derbyshire side to the LV= County Championship Division Two title; their first trophy since 1993.
Ben Slater and Peter Burgoyne’s short tenure amongst the Zimbabwean professional ranks has begun brightly with a series of notable contributions from the young Derbyshire duo.
Denby born, off-spinning all-rounder, Burgoyne has already showed his Southern Rocks team mates the sort of power that brought him his maiden second XI century back in September.
The prestigious Civic Reception, hosted by the Mayor of Derby Councillor Lisa Higginbottom, took place at the city's Assembly Rooms and was well attended by players, staff, sponsors and partners alike.
The evening saw the Mayoress address the audience, outlining the significance of Derbyshire's achievements, before Chief Executive Simon Storey deliver a well-received speech, congratulating all involved at the club and acknowledging the pride Derbyshire's triumphs has given botht he city and the county.
The 23-year-old left-handed batsman has already gained notable experience at the top of the order having played 69 first-class matches and 41 limited-overs fixtures, passing 50 on 26 occasions in all first team cricket with five centuries.
Godleman spent his formative years at Middlesex where he became the second youngest first-class cricketer for the county behind team mate Steven Finn back in 2005 and scored his maiden century on LV= County Championship debut versus Somerset in 2007.
He has spent the last three seasons with Essex, playing 33 four day matches and netting 1,640 runs with three centuries and a further seven fifties.
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