Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire since May 14th 2009, Willie Tucker, has been appointed President of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
The former Midlands Cooperative Society Chief Executive was appointed at the Club’s AGM on Wednesday, March 27th and will serve a one year term until March 2014.
Willie Tucker (pictured above alongside Chairman Chris Grant during a recent visit to the County Ground) was born in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, in 1945, but has lived in Derbyshire for around 40 years, the last 20 in the village of Aston-on-Trent.
His career spanned 45 years with the Co-operative Movement, serving as Midlands Cooperative Society Chief Executive up to the date of his retirement in July 2005.
After enjoying a successful winter in Zimbabwe, all-rounder Peter Burgoyne is now hoping to break into Karl Krikken’s four-day side in 2013, as the Falcons continue their preparations for the new season.
The squad returned from their preseason tour to Barbados at the weekend and are now preparing for their three-day friendly at Taunton on Monday.
Burgoyne, who played two CB40 games for Derbyshire last season, completed two first-class centuries while in Zimbabwe playing for Southern Rocks
The 19-year-old has been impressed with the side’s work ethic during preseason, and he is now hoping that his time abroad can aid his quest to gain more first team action in 2013.
Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place in The Gateway, Derby at 7.30pm this evening (Wednesday 27th March 2013).
As soon as the AGM closes, a Special General Meeting (SGM) will be convened at which the eagerly-awaited results of the governance ballot will be announced.
Both meetings are strictly limited to Members only and The Gateway will be open from 7pm to facilitate early arrivals.
Supporters will get the opportunity to watch some of their favourite England stars in action at the County Ground in 2013.
The ECB have announced that England’s twenty20 captain Stuart Broad and all-rounder Samit Patel are both available for Nottinghamshire’s LV= County Championship clash at the County Ground on April 24th.
Derbyshire’s fixture with Notts will be the Falcons’ first home game of the 2013 season and will be the Club’s first home fixture in the top flight of the LV= County Championship structure for 13 years.
Karl Krikken’s side begin their 2013 campaign away to current champions Warwickshire and the Bears will be without England batting duo Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott who have both been declared unavailable.
But paceman Chris Woakes, who has played eight ODIs for England, is available for the Edgbaston clash.
Steven Finn has been declared available for Middlesex when Derbyshire travel to Lord’s on April 17th, while all-rounder Joe Root is also set to square-up against the Falcons at Headingley Carnegie on April 29th, both in the LV=CC.
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More good news for beer drinkers this week following the recent budget as a new house beer will be added to the line-up in our Members’ Lounge in 2013.
The additional beer, brewed exclusively by brewery partner Greene King, means Members in the Lund Pavilion will be able to choose from the official Falcon's beer, Old Speckled Hen - a traditional, full strength golden ale with an original gravity of 4.5% - and a new lighter ale with an original gravity of 3.2%.
The new house beer will be priced at just £2.95 and will be initially available for a trial period until the end of May in the Members’ Lounge in the Lund Pavilion.
Derbyshire’s Annual General Meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th March 2013.
Promotion, a trophy for the first time since 1993, a modest profit and the signing of Shivnarine Chanderpaul will doubtless have occupied the minds of Members ahead of the meeting, but it is the Special General Meeting (SGM) that follows which will be of huge significance both internally and externally in relation to the way our Club is governed in the future.
For a month, Members have been voting on a proposal that, if approved by the requisite percentage of those who vote, will make the most significant changes to who runs our Club, and how it is run, since our formation in 1870, since when the General Committee has consisted of Members without any defined role, qualifications or responsibilities. The earliest records available show that Derbyshire was traditionally governed by a committee of over 20 people, and even as recently as the 1970s there were 27 Members on the committee.
The ballot closes at 5pm on Tuesday 26th March 2013, so there remains an opportunity for anyone who has still to vote to do so.
ECB and the BBC today announced a new broadcast partnership for county cricket, with live ball-by-ball commentary of every LV=County Championship match available throughout the season, plus all Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 matches.
Starting with the opening of the LV=County Championship (10 April 2013) the commentaries will broadcast via BBC online streams, which will be hosted on the BBC Sport website and promoted on BBC Local Radio websites, the ECB website and county cricket websites.
To support the new streams, the BBC Sport website has updated the design of all of its ‘county cricket’ pages, which will provide easy access to the live commentaries as they happen. The county cricket page will link to the scorecards for each game and feature the best interviews and audio highlights gathered from the network of BBC commentators and correspondents around the country. The page will also link to external county cricket sites.
If the primary objective of a pre-season to tour to warmer climes is to allow the playing squad to practice, train and play in a warm, and virtually guaranteed rain-free environment, then the objective was met the moment the tour was booked.
The prevailing weather conditions back in Derbyshire wouldn’t have allowed the players to train and play outdoors so the logic of travelling to the Caribbean makes sense on so many levels.
Pre-season overseas training is nothing new; as long ago as 1993 Derbyshire went to Bermuda and in the early part of this century, Derbyshire’s warm weather training took place in Portugal. But the tours to Barbados over the last 4 years have become a regular feature of Derbyshire’s season whilst at the same time growing into something of a county cricket travelling circus. Six counties have been in Barbados and several more are in South Africa and it can only be a matter of time before all 18 counties travel abroad before the season begins.
Derbyshire have just one more day of practice and training here in Barbados, and Wednesday saw the players take to the field in a semi-competitive game for the final time on this tour.
After Nottinghamshire had posted a formidable 386 in just over 87 overs on Tuesday, it was the turn of the Derbyshire batsmen to enjoy some time at the crease. There is still some cricket scheduled to be played pre-season in England, but these conditions – warm and dry – offered a perfect opportunity for the batsmen.
Wayne Madsen, batting for the first time on tour, opened with Billy Godleman in what is likely to be Derbyshire’s opening partnership come April 10th, and both batted confidently until Godleman pulled a Phillips delivery behind square leg where James Taylor took a good catch diving forwards. Godleman made 15 and his dismissal brought Ben Slater to the crease. At the Kensington Oval at the weekend the young left-hander batted sensibly and with no shortage of strokes during his two innings, and here he did likewise.
Slater was more than happy to leave anything that didn’t need to be played, however, waiting for the safer options for scoring on either side of the wicket until, after batting for 65 minutes he edged a delivery from Ball to Read behind the wicket. Slater’s first Barbados tour has been more than useful.
Madsen meanwhile, looked as though he had been batting for weeks, rather than having had no significant batting practice for some time. He soon got into his stride with several well-timed off drives and a couple of forcing square drives whenever the bowlers dropped short. He was adjudged lbw to Gurney having just passed 50.
Hughes again batted well utilising his reach and power as he struck 6 fours in his 31 before edging a delivery from Fletcher to Read. Both his innings at North Stars, and especially his hundred a week ago, make his case for inclusion in Derbyshire’s opening game at Edgbaston a strong one.
Durston rarely looks anything than stylish and his cover driving was to the fore from early in his innings, while his straight hitting off the spinner, White, was exemplary. He reached his 2nd half century of the tour from 49 balls with six 4s and two 6s shortly before tea.
However, nothing prepared anyone for the fireworks after tea – having reached 70, Durston struck the final 5 balls of a Graeme White’s over for 6 to reach a hugely entertaining century off 73 balls, at which point he turned on his heel and marched off, retired out for 100.
Coincidentally, rain began to fall for the first time on the tour as Durston left the field and the rest of the players followed him as play was halted for 37 minutes.
Upon the resumption, Derbyshire's two 'keepers came to the crease. Tom Poynton and Richard Johnson appear to have all to play for, with both impressing so far both with the bat and behind the stumps. Poynton scored 37 including four 4s and a six before Johnson and Wainwright batted out time leaving Derbyshire on 293-6 (including one retired out) when stumps were drawn.
The players return to North Stars on Thursday for their final training day of the tour before flying home on Friday. A tour assessment will appear on the website in due course.
To see the action photographs from the game please go to the gallery at http://www.derbyshireccc.com/dccc/index.php/component/igallery/dccc/barbados-the-journey/gallery-11-v-notts-day-2?Itemid=479
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