Captain Wayne Madsen says it’s an exciting time for the Club as the players begin their first week under new Elite Cricket Performance Director Graeme Welch.
Welch was installed as the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure last week and returns to the Club where he was capped as a player in 2001, appointed Captain in 2006 and bestowed a benefit year in 2007.
Madsen has been delighted with the impact Welch has already made on the squad as preparations for the 2014 campaign begin to intensify.
“He [Graeme Welch] is a fantastic coach and well driven,” Madsen said. “I believe we’ve found the best candidate for the position and it’s certainly an exciting time for the squad and everyone connected to the Club.
“It’s a great opportunity for Graeme to oversee and take the Club forward, but his coaching abilities and knowledge will also be vital as he’s an exceptional coach.
David Griffin has stepped down from the Derbyshire County Cricket Club Supervisory Board after 15 years’ voluntary service on the Club’s governing body.
The former Honorary Secretary vacates his position as Administration Director having overseen recent successful transformations in Club governance and cricket management.
With those two projects complete, Griffin felt the time was right to continue his lifelong support solely from the boundary’s edge and away from the boardroom.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed 15 wonderful years as part of the Club’s management structure and have worked with some very talented and committed people. I wish everyone at the Club – on and off the field – every success, and look forward to continuing my support of the Club for many years to come.”
Graeme Welch has been appointed Elite Cricket Performance Director of Derbyshire County Cricket Club on a three-year-contract.
The 41-year-old has left his post as Assistant Coach/Bowling Coach at Warwickshire and has been installed at the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure.
He takes over a young and ambitious Derbyshire squad, under the captaincy of Wayne Madsen and augmented by the experience of Shivnarine Chanderpaul as returning overseas player.
Welch arrives at the County Ground with a reputation as one of the top upcoming coaches in England after enjoying success with Essex and Warwickshire.
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The Derbyshire squad report back to training on Monday as they continue to prepare for the fast approaching 2014 season. All-rounder Wes Durston looks ahead to the new campaign in his latest blog for the Club.
As the New Year is upon us it's only natural to start thinking about the new season.
I get very excited this time of year as we continue to move closer to the start of the new season. When the fixtures were released in November I didn't really study them too much, but over the Christmas period I found myself looking at them more and more.
To think that we’ll be playing cricket in less than three months on April 1st at the County Ground is very exciting – providing, of course, that we get good weather!
Now the festive period is over I find myself putting my kit in my bag ready for Monday morning’s training, in anticipation of some hard work over the next few weeks.
New recruit Stephen Moore is looking forward to an exciting 2014 with Derbyshire.
The former Worcestershire, Lancashire and England Lions opening batsman signed a two-year deal with the county last month and is now set for his first week at the County Ground, as Wayne Madsen’s men report back to training on Monday.
After listening to the Club's long-term ambitions, Moore is excited about the future and hopes he can contribute both on and off the field to a successful 2014 campaign.
“I think it’s exciting times with the squad and I’m excited about the future,” Moore said.
“I had the chance to meet the squad before the Christmas break and listen to the Club's long-term ambitions. I also had a chance to chat to a few of the younger lads who I hadn’t really spoken much to before, so that was good.
“I’ve been training during the off-season keeping my fitness levels up and I’m now looking forward to joining up with the squad next week in Derby.
Ben Cotton has thanked Phil Kirby and the dedicated volunteers at the Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop for raising the funds that financed his 2014 summer contract.
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby graduate was awarded his first summer contract at the close of the 2013 campaign; thanks to the Book Shop, its volunteers and the generosity of Members and supporters.
Sales soared after the Book Shop underwent a refurbishment prior to last summer, raising over £3,500. All proceeds support the development of young Derbyshire cricketers.
That helped fund summer contracts for Cotton and his fellow Academy graduates Tom Taylor and Greg Cork, and the trio now have an opportunity to progress their Derbyshire careers in 2014.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Phil Kirby and the rest of the Book Shop volunteers for their amazing efforts last season,” Cotton said.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club would like to wish all of our Members, supporters, 1870 Business Club Members and everyone connected to the Club a Happy New Year.
The Club would again like to thank you all for your support in 2013 and we look forward to welcoming you back to the County Ground, Derby, and Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, in 2014.
We remind supports that the Club's Membership Services Department will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 6th January.
Any supporters wishing to renew Membership for the 2014 season can post their applications, using the free return envelope enclosed in Membership packs, throughout the festive period and Memberships will be processed in the New Year.
The online counter for purchasing Membership, Six Pack Tickets and/or Matchday Tickets will also remain open during this period at derbyshireccc.com with orders, again, being processed in the New Year. Click here to purchase Membership or tickets online>>>
Former Derbyshire Captain Geoff Miller has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
The 61-year-old has earned the award for a lifetime’s service to cricket, which included 254 first-class and 244 one-day appearances for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1986, before returning for a single season in 1990.
After retiring from the professional game, he joined the national selection panel in 2000 and took on the role as National Selector in 2008. Since then, England has won three successive Ashes series, their first global one-day trophy and taken over as number one in the Test rankings.
Miller will step down as chief selector in the New Year after six successful years in the job.
Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant said: "Everyone at Derbyshire County Cricket Club would like to congratulate Geoff Miller on receiving this special honour. It's a fitting reward for over 40 years of loyal service to the game."
During a glittering playing career, the Chesterfield-born all-rounder claimed 888 first-class wickets at 27.98 and scored 12,027 runs at 26.49.
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