Day 1 - Richard Johnson
So here it is; my first trip away as a Derbyshire player.
Exciting times ahead and Sri Lanka is the destination, where we undertake a 10 day training camp learning to play against spin in tough sub-continental conditions.
However, the first battle ahead is the ridiculously long journey, including a testing 14 hour wait in Mumbai airport... How will we cope?!
I was thinking before the start of this tour: "how on earth can I make a big impression on the lads during my time away? How can I stand out above the rest and really make an impact?"
Captain Wayne Madsen is leading a seven-strong party to Sri Lanka as Derbyshire’s preparations for the 2013 campaign continue.
Madsen is joined by Tom Poynton, Richard Johnson, Dan Redfern, Tony Palladino, Mark Turner and Tom Knight as the group hone their skills, focussing on spin bowling and the turning ball, in testing sub-continental conditions.
The ten day trip comes after six Derbyshire players enjoyed a successful trip to India in January of last year.
Highlights of the ambitious plans include a potential £2.5million development of the County Ground and the formation of a Management Board encompassing the requisite skills to take the Club forward.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The aim of this six-point strategy is to deliver cricketing success supported by long-term business sustainability and financial security. It builds on the nine-point cricket strategy announced by Chairman Chris Grant in July 2011.
“Our primary objective as an off-the-field team is to engage effectively with sponsors, members, supporters, conference customers and the wider community of Derbyshire.
The ECB has today announced that Yorkshire Bank will become the new title sponsor of the domestic 40-over competition: the Yorkshire Bank 40.
Yorkshire Bank will continue its long-term support of domestic cricket together with its parent, Clydesdale Bank. The involvement of both Banks with the ECB stretches back to 2005 and Yorkshire Bank will take over the naming rights of the competition, which Clydesdale Bank has partnered since 2010.
The Yorkshire Bank 40 is one of three competitions making up the 2013 domestic season (LV= County Championship and Friends Life t20 completing the line-up), and the only one with a final at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The Yorkshire Bank 40 is designed to appeal to sport-loving families, and with the majority of matches taking place on Sunday afternoons it will continue to be a regular weekend fixture throughout the summer.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has secured a major shirt sponsorship deal ahead of the 2013 season.
BuyMobiles.net, the UK's No.1 online mobile phone retailer, is already a sponsor of Derby County Football Club, and will now be displayed on the front of Derbyshire’s Friends Life t20 shirts.
As well as giving the Alfreton-based company all-year-round publicity through televised national sport, the partnership announcement comes hot on the heels of Chairman Chris Grant’s call to local businesses and the signing of world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
A magnificent response to the "Proud to be Derbyshire" membership campaign has helped Derbyshire register their 1,000th adult member for 2013.
Membership revenue is showing a whopping 101% increase on the corresponding date last year following promotion as champions to LV= County Championship Division One and the signing of the world's number two Test batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The total figure for 2012 has already been trumped including 201 new members and 799 renewals to date who took advantage of an early bird incentive.
364 Juniors took advantage of free membership prior to 1st February to join and, with 132 Life Members, the club currently boasts a running total of 1,497 Members.
The Ambassador Initiative, which incentivises current Members to assist in recruitment with £50 cash back, has already reached its half-century and remains open to old and new members.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Such impressive Membership results at such an early stage reflect a fantastic response from the Derbyshire public as we prepare for the new season.
“We are heading into the new season with a huge sense of ambition and we're keen to share our journey with as many people as possible across the county of Derbyshire.
"The eagerly awaited first home game of the season is against Nottinghamshire at the end of April and we expect to welcome many more members to the Club in the coming weeks.
"There is immense pride at the prospect of Derbyshire representing the county at the highest level of English cricket and there has never been a better time to get involved with the Club.”
A full season's membership at Derbyshire giving unlimited access to all matches at Derby and Chesterfield costs just £175 whilst the new 6 pack ticket giving access to any six games at either venue costs only £55. Discounts are available for; senior citizens, NUS Card holding students, young adults aged 16-21 and those living more than 20 miles from the County Ground.
An exciting opportunity to develop your S&C in a dynamic, professional environment as a member of an ambitious team committed to achieving sustainable success for Cricket Derbyshire on and off the field.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club (DCCC) is one of only eighteen first-class counties and represents the City of Derby and wider County of Derbyshire on the national professional cricketing stage. The team was recently promoted as Champions to Division 1 of the LV= County Championship and boasts an exciting young squad augmented by senior professional players.
The Early Bird Price Freeze has proved to be immensely popular following promotion as Champions to Division One of the LV= County Championship and Membership is over 70% ahead of 12 months ago.
Full Membership at the Early Bird price equates to just £3.20 a day for all days of cricket at the County Ground and Queen’s Park. Discounted rates are available for Senior Citizens, adults aged 16-21, students and those living 20+ miles from the County Ground. Junior Membership is FREE prior to the Early Bird deadline.
For those unable to attend regularly, the club has announced a new Six Pack ticket at just £55, which can be used for any six days of cricket during the 2013 season.
Karl Krikken’s men joined the first team squad of Derby County Football Club for a training session at Moor Farm.
The two local professional sporting outfits came together as one in a seven-a-side tournament of mixed teams, which was keenly contested, before the Cricketers were put through paces in a shooting session with first team coach Andy Garner.
Krikken said: “I’d like to thank Nigel and the Derby County lads for allowing us to join them for a training session.
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