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.
The Academy graduate left-hander enjoyed his best season to date in 2012, notching the first two centuries of his career and averaging 37.71 in an ever-present campaign.
A consistent scorer of half-centuries since making his first-class debut at the age of 17 in 2007, Redfern ended the long wait for a ton in the opening match of the season as Derbyshire set the tone for a successful summer with victory over Northamptonshire.
The 22-year-old featured in all but two matches during the recent LV= County Championship Division Two title success, registering two fifties and a maiden first-class century in his inaugural full season of first team cricket, as well as completing 43 dismissals behind the stumps.
Poynton’s 393 four day runs came at an impressive lower-middle order average of 30.23. His 106 versus Northamptonshire came in a partnership of 261 with Captain Wayne Madsen; just 23 runs shy of breaking a 102-year-old world record stand for the ninth wicket.
Poynton, 22, who forms a trio of former Repton School students in the current first team squad alongside Ross Whiteley and Paul Borrington, said: “Derbyshire is the county I’ve represented since I was 11 throughout the age groups and committing to another three years on the staff is exactly what I wanted.
Derbyshire’s new interpretation of the traditional rose and crown crest has been revealed today; a combination of embracing the Club’s rich heritage dating back to 1870 - and looking forward to the future.
The new logo, designed along with the 'Proud to be Derbyshire' branding in partnership with Derby-based marketing agency Origination, features each of the Club’s original colours: light blue, chocolate brown and amber, together with the now traditional dark blue cricketing colour.
The embracing of the traditional colours – and the Proud to be Derbyshire campaign – was inspired by the comments of Walter Boden at the very launch of the Club way back in 1870.
"I propose that a cricket club be formed representing the whole strength of the county, to be called The Derbyshire County Cricket Club." Walter Boden, 4th November 1870.
1. What you been up to since the season finished?
I had an operation as soon as the season ended, a double hernia, so I’ve just been recovering from that!
2. How was the experience of parading the trophy at Pride Park?
Fantastic. It was amazing to see the people of Derby getting behind us and it made me very proud to be showing off our great achievement.
3. One prized wicket you want to take in the First Division next season?
Prized wicket is definitely Marcus Trescothick. He's still someone I regard highly in the county game and after playing with him for 4 years, I would love to claim that prized dismissal.
The 31-year-old becomes the fourth player in a week to pledge his future to the Club in the wake of securing the LV= County Championship Second Division title after Ross Whiteley, Tony Palladino and Jonathan Clare also penned three year deals.
Durston is the most seasoned player on the staff at the County Ground having made his debut for Somerset back in 2002.
By Jake Needham
The victorious Derbyshire players continued to bask in the appreciation shown to them on the back of claiming the LV=CC Division Two title by accepting the kind offer to parade the trophy they claimed so dramatically on the final day of the 2012 season at Chesterfield FC’s home match against Torquay last Saturday.
Coming only a week after being asked to do the same at Pride Park before the visit of Burnley, Tony Palladino, Paul Borrington, David Wainwright and Peter Burgoyne seized the chance to soak up the excellent response shown to them by the supporters at the Proact Stadium.
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