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Derbyshire Advent Calendar: Day One

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, running competitions and posting special promotional offers 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 1st
Today we open our first door on the Advent Calendar and relive one of the more comical moments from the 2013 campaign; Samit Patel’s unfortunate slip when Nottinghamshire visited the County Ground in the LV= County Championship in April.

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A look at the 2014 fixtures | By David Griffin

2014FixturesAdministration Director David Griffin takes a look at the 2014 fixture list and pinpoints the games and dates supporters can pen into their diaries for next summer.

For anyone unfamiliar with B2D (Before two Divisions) it’s no surprise that we all have to wait until late November before we get a sight of the fixture list for the following season.

However, traditionally – i.e. up until 2000 – the fixtures were published in late July or early August of the ongoing season; a task simplified by the fact that although there were four competitions, the Championship and Sunday League tournaments were based on all 17 (18 since 1992) teams competing in a single division.

As a result, Members and supporters had much longer to devour the fixture list and look forward to the following season. It also offered opportunities to plan visits to new away grounds as the first round of the Gillette Cup, later the NatWest Trophy (and other names) was traditionally played between first-class and minor counties, and usually at a minor county ground.

Thus it was that Derbyshire visited Bury St Edmunds, Boughton Hall in Chester, Kendal, Wisbech and a plethora of other fascinating locations around the country throughout the heyday of one day knockout cricket in the 70s and 80s.

Factor in the reduction of outgrounds and festival cricket, plus the regionalisation of Twenty20 cricket, and the fixture list throws up fewer surprises than it once did, although one venue did leap from the 2014 fixture list, a ground that will certainly bring back happy memories for Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen.

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2014 Fixtures Announced

ShivnarineChanderpaulDerbyshire will host more Friday night cricket than ever before as part of a new-look domestic calendar for the 2014 season.

The County Ground will stage four Friday night fixtures in the new NatWest T20 Blast competition next summer including the traditional East Midlands derby versus Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday 6th June. 

As part of an action-packed season, Derbyshire will also host a three-day tour match against world number two Test side India on Tuesday 1st July in MS Dhoni’s men’s final warm-up ahead of the Investec Test series with England.   

Then, less than a week later – at the height of the English summer - Wayne Madsen’s side return to the Queen’s Park for the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.

Derbyshire’s picturesque northern outpost will host two NatWest T20 Blast games – against Leicestershire Foxes and Yorkshire Vikings – which will bookend a four-day clash with Essex, starting Monday 7th July.

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Dan Redfern exits Derbyshire

Dan RedfernDan Redfern has left Derbyshire County Cricket Club by mutual agreement.

Since making his List A debut in 2006, followed by a maiden Championship appearance the following year, Redfern has played 70 first-class matches for the Club, averaging 29.47 with two centuries.

His appearances, however, were limited in 2013 and he was frustrated by injury during the second half of the season.

Head Coach Karl Krikken commented: "Dan’s been with the Club since joining the Academy in 2004 and we thank him for his efforts during that period.

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Why Mitchell Johnson is full of confidence | By Tony Palladino

TonyPalladinoIn his latest offering for the Cricketer Magazine, Tony Palladino looks at how players like Mitchell Johnson go about regaining lost confidence.

After watching the demolition job done on England this week by a rampant Australian team, this series has all the makings of a classic. England are too good a side to play so badly again and let’s not forget they did have the Aussies struggling at 132 for 6 on the first day. Hopefully they will come out fighting. 

What struck me most was the aggression of the Australian bowlers: they ran in hard, whacked the ball in and bowled quickly. The standout was Mitchell Johnson; he bowled like a man possessed all game and watching him steam in and bowl at that sustained high pace was incredible but also slightly worrying. Johnson in this kind of form is a massive problem for England.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, the Australians needed to come together and become a team in order to win this series and they’ve certainly done that. The celebrations when the last wicket fell – not to mention the barrage of abuse Jimmy Anderson copped – shows that they mean business and they don’t care who they upset in the process. So where did this new-found confidence come from?

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Madsen pleased with Derbyshire fixtures

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen believes Friday night fixtures in the new NatWest T20 Blast competition will create an exciting spectacle in 2014.

The County Ground, Derby, will stage four Friday night Twenty20 fixtures next summer, including the East Midlands derby against Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Friday 6th June.

As part of an action-packed season, Derbyshire will also host a three-day tour match against world number two Test side India on Tuesday 1st July in MS Dhoni’s men’s final warm-up ahead of the Investec Test series with England.   

This will be followed a week later by the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, as the picturesque Queen’s Park will once again provide the perfect backdrop to two Twenty20s – against Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes – and a LV= County Championship clash with Essex.

The Club’s Player of the Year Madsen is already looking forward to the new campaign and hopes his side can get off to a good start with the trip to Leicestershire on the opening day of the season.

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Breakdown of new-look domestic county calendar

2014CompetitionsCounty cricket set for blast-off in 2014 with a new schedule, new start times and a brand new name for the domestic T20 competition.

ECB today announced the new County fixture schedule for 2014 which will include regular Friday and Sunday start dates for the T20 and four-day competitions respectively, the advent of the new Royal London One-Day Cup and a new name and sponsor for the domestic T20 competition – the NatWest T20 Blast.

Next year’s fixtures will be the first to be played under a new schedule which will run until 2017 and has been introduced based on the recommendations of the Morgan Review into the domestic game and extensive customer feedback from more than 25,000 county cricket fans.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “This schedule has been designed to make the needs of the fans our number one priority.

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New county schedule from 2014

2014FixturesThe 2014 County fixture list will reveal a shake-up in the format of the domestic cricket calendar.

From next season, LV= County Championship fixtures will begin predominately on a Sunday, while the new-look Domestic Twenty20 competition will be held largely on Friday nights throughout the entire summer.

The structure of the four-day tournament will remain the same, with Derbyshire beginning life back in Division Two as they aim for an immediate return to the top-tier.

The Twenty20 competition, however, has been rebranded, with new game-wide sponsors NatWest on board, and Derbyshire will find themselves in a group of nine from next year.

The extended group will consist of the same five teams from 2013 - Nottinghamshire Outlaws, Lancashire Lightning, Yorkshire Vikings, Leicestershire Foxes and Durham Dynamos - plus Warwickshire Bears, Worcestershire Royals and Twenty20 Champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

The new-look calendar means these fixtures will be played predominately under floodlights on a Friday night across the whole summer, giving supporters the best opportunity to see the Falcons in Twenty20 action in 2014.  

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Madsen: We will compete for major titles

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen says Derbyshire County Cricket Club will be competing for major titles within three years.

The 29-year-old, who recently signed a new three-year contract committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season, spoke to the Cricket Derbyshire E-Newsletter about his new deal, his incredible 2013 campaign and his hopes for the upcoming season.

The two-time Club Player of the Year was thrilled to receive a new contract at the end of year and can’t wait for the new season as Derbyshire push for success in all formats. 

“It was a difficult season as a team, but on a personal note I probably enjoyed the best season of my career,” Madsen said.

“It’s obviously nice to be awarded a new deal at the end of the season. I owe a lot to the Club who gave me my first chance.

“I now hope to continue progressing my own game and helping develop a side that can compete in Division One consistently. This will be the goal over the next three seasons.

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