The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is giving cricket fans the opportunity to have their say on county cricket and its future - through the biggest survey of its kind in the history of cricket in England and Wales.
Hundreds of thousands of county cricket fans will be offered the opportunity to air their views on the structure, schedule and promotion of county cricket. The results will be reviewed by the ECB Board this winter and incorporated into planning for the 2014 county season and beyond.
The ECB has commissioned independent research company Populus to distribute the online survey to hundreds of thousands of cricket fans who sit on the databases of the 18 First Class counties and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Additionally, members of TwelfthMan – the official fan community of England cricket – and users of the ECB website will also be invited to respond to the survey.
The award is being launched by LV=, the title sponsor of crickets County Championship, and aims to celebrate the most promising young player in the county game this season.
Redfern’s competition includes Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance and Joe Root, Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker, Lancashire spin bowler Simon Kerrigan and Kent all rounder Matt Coles.
The award will acknowledge the best young talent in the LV= County Championship and reinforces the sponsor’s support for a competition that is the bedrock of the domestic game as well as a breeding ground for the next generation of English cricketers.
The Falcons’ skipper notched an unbeaten 64, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 96 with Dan Redfern and guiding his side to their third victory in four recent limited-overs matches.
Chasing 168 to win, the Falcons began their repost disastrously as Usman Khawaja was run out, off the first delivery of the innings, without facing a ball.
Chesney Hughes (11) quickly followed as the Falcons slumped to 26-2 before Wes Durston’s lively knock of 30 got them moving towards the total.
Dan Redfern and David Wainwright have been awarded Derbyshire County Caps in recognition of their emergence as established members of the team.
Both players have been almost ever present throughout 2012 in all formats, each having provided match winning performances in a number of fixtures.
For Redfern, 2012 has proven to be a breakthrough year; including his maiden first-class century versus Northamptonshire, followed by another ton against Hampshire.
He has also added a further three half-centuries and accrued an impressive total of 554 runs in the four day format at an eye catching average of 50.36.
Left-arm spinner David Wainwright has been handed a four year contract as reward for his outstanding performances this season.
The Yorkshire born bowler has been a revelation for Derbyshire since he travelled south from Headingley Carnegie last autumn in the search for greater first team opportunities.
Wainwright made an immediate impact on first-class debut for Derbyshire when he propelled the side to a memorable victory against Northamptonshire back in April. With the game finely poised going into day four, Wainwright took control with an unbroken spell of 26 overs that yielded remarkable figures of 6 for 33.
Wainwright’s first-class record with the ball this year has been particularly impressive, with 27 wickets at an average of 27 apiece, three five wicket hauls and over a century of maiden overs.
Derbyshire's Clydesdale Bank 40 match versus Sussex at the County Ground on Wednesday, August 8th signals the start of the Club's Shop Sales; with supporters able to benefit from a wide range of reduction on official 2012 merchandise and leisurewear.
Of the many discounts available, official replica Friends Life t20 shirts and sweaters are available at just £10 each.
The shirts and sweaters of former Derbyshire players are also available to purchase at £15 or two for £25.
Following Sunday’s dramatic victory over Kent in the LV= County Championship, Derbyshire Falcons will aim to take the momentum into tomorrow’s Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Sussex Sharks (4.40pm start).
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The Proteas are Derby bound for a two day fixture starting on Friday 10th August (11am) as they prepare for the crucial third and final Investec Test Match at Lord’s.
A batting line-up containing the likes of Graeme Smith (pictured), Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis – plus the 90 miles-per-hour firepower of Dale Steyn (pictured) and Morne Morkel – will pose a significant challenge for Derbyshire with both bat and ball.
Karl Krikken’s men looked dead and buried against their promotion rivals after collapsing to 132 all out in reply to the visitors’ 265 on Day 2.
But seven-wicket heroics from Tony Palladino yesterday, followed by a stout batting performance from Dan Redfern (pictured) today, handed the leaders a priceless victory.
Resuming at 168-2, Usman Khawaja and Wes Durston each completed half-centuries in a partnership of 102, propelling the home side to a position of near utopian strength in their most important day of four day cricket so far in 2012.
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