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.
The Club has moved swiftly to build for the future following the recent LV= County Championship Division Two triumph, with Clare following the example of Ross Whiteley and Tony Palladino in signing during the past week.
Affiliated with Derbyshire since leaving Lancashire in 2005, Clare went on to join the professional staff shortly after achieving a five wicket haul on his first-class debut versus Nottinghamshire in 2007.
The 26-year-old has since become a consistent performer taking 135 wickets in the four day game at 26.75 apiece and contributing middle-order runs at an average of 26.5.
The Comic Relief funded community project welcomed students (aged 13-17) from a combination of Derby Moor and Chesterfield Springmoor Community Colleges, all of whom have a possible future in sports leadership.
As well as fulfilling its objective of using sport to unify youngsters, Derbyshire swimmer Ross Davenport was on hand, along with Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey, to welcome the youngsters and project leader Yvonne Luce to the Cricket Club.
Palladino was a star performer with the ball during the Club’s title-winning summer, taking 56 first-class wickets as Derbyshire garnered more bowling points than any other in the division.
Enjoying his finest hour with a game changing seven wicket spell versus Kent, the 29-year-old recorded three five-wicket hauls during the 2012 campaign.
The 24-year-old, who followed the recent LV= County Championship triumph with selection for the England Sixes side, becomes the first player that starred in the title winning team to commit to a new deal as the Club focuses on securing the future of key players in the wake of promotion.
Whiteley, who is a graduate of the Club’s Academy, scored 498 runs and took 20 wickets in first-class cricket in 2012, as well as catching the eye with a fine unbeaten half-century versus South Africa in August.
Last Saturday saw the team conduct a lap of honour with the trophy at Pride Park Stadium, receiving a standing ovation from Derby County fans, and now Chesterfield FC have extended the same kind invitation.
Supporters in the north of the county will now have their chance to view the trophy and share in Derbyshire’s success, with the players entering the field of play at half time.
The 24-year-old wicketkeeper has signed from Warwickshire on a three-year contract following two loan spells at the County Ground last summer.
Johnson starred with a match-winning 79 versus Yorkshire Carnegie for Derbyshire before returning to Edgbaston and helping Warwickshire to the LV= County Championship title.
Since joining the Warwickshire professional ranks in 2008, Johnson – who played junior cricket for the Bears since the Under 11s age group and attended Solihull School – has played 11 First Class games, 13 List A and 18 t20 matches for the Club.
However, for two of Derbyshire’s brightest prospects; Peter Burgoyne (pictured) and Ben Slater, the time up until Christmas will be used playing first-class cricket for Southern Rocks Cricket franchise in Zimbabwe.
Burgoyne and Slater’s arrival will unfortunately not be heralded with such fanfare as Southern Rock’s overseas signing for 2010-11. The ‘Rocks’ that year recruited none other than the world record holder in first-class and Test cricket; Brian Lara.
‘It’s going to be a really exciting time’ Burgoyne said. ‘Dave Houghton is coaching the side out there and he asked if Ben and I would be interested in playing out there.’
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