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[VIDEO] Sports Media Academy visit the County Ground

SportMediaAcademyLeaders from the North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnership descended on the County Ground to hold their first Sport Media Academy workshop.  

Youngsters from schools in the North East Derbyshire area were treated to a day’s workshop led by media professionals designed to enhance their knowledge and skills in photography, social media and journalism.

The Club kindly opened up their ground for the leaders to access all areas to report on Day One of Derbyshire’s final fixture of the season against Warwickshire on Tuesday, 24th September.

In the afternoon, the leaders had the opportunity to interview fast bowler Mark Turner, as the inquisitive youngsters asked the 28-year-old about Derbyshire’s first season back in the top flight.

From this, the leaders were given the task to devise a multimedia live programme, with a package featuring the interview in only 30 minutes. The leaders rose to their sturdy challenge and produced an outstanding live programme to camera with an audio report, photographic slideshow, live twitter feed, written match report and colour piece.

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Six Top Tips for bringing the spirit of cricket to social media

CricketDerbyshireCricket Derbyshire's Six Top Tips for bringing the spirit of cricket to social media.

Social Media is a brilliant communication tool for anybody that plays, watches or has in interest in cricket in Derbyshire.

The County Club, for example, boasts over 9,000 Twitter followers and loves to share match updates, results, reaction and discussion with supporters; and the result of every game in the Derbyshire Premier League & Derbyshire County League is posted every weekend during the season.

The interactions we receive are overwhelmingly constructive and positive. Long may they continue and – providing a little common sense is shown – there is no need for anyone to be afraid of posting.

Cricket Derbyshire has developed 6 top tips to help cricket supporters make the most of social media and judge what is and is not appropriate.

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Derbyshire announces structural reviews

CountyGroundCrowdThe structure of Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s cricket management and off-field operation is under review by the Supervisory Board as the Club aims to support and fund its future ambitions.

The board held its regular monthly meeting yesterday at the County Ground to review progress against the long-term goals within its business plan and to finalise budgets ahead of season 2014.

Driven by ambition to continue Derbyshire’s progress on and off the field, they considered recommendations within a Board paper submitted by Cricket Advisory Director, Kevin Dean, and an analysis of the commercial operation by Chief Executive, Simon Storey.

Storey commented: "We have made big strides in 2013 and significantly increased our commercial revenues thanks to the support of our members, spectators and business partners.

Read more: Derbyshire announces structural reviews

New contracts for young Derbyshire trio

benslaterDerbyshire County Cricket Club has offered contracts to a trio of young Academy graduates.

While Greg Cork and Jonathan Marsden have signed summer contracts for the 2014 season, Ben Slater (pictured) has also been offered a one year deal.

Slater has been a regular feature in Karl Krikken’s four-day side since making his first-class debut for the Club against Surrey in May.

The 21-year-old scored 335 runs in his first LV= County Championship Division One campaign, including an unbeaten 66 against Sussex in the victory over Sussex at Hove.

Read more: New contracts for young Derbyshire trio

Elstone hoping to kick-on next summer

ScottElstoneScott Elstone spoke of his pride after signing a one-year incremental contract - and he hopes a good winter will put him in the frame for a spot in all forms next summer.

The 23-year-old earned the new deal after scoring 872 runs at an average of 35, including four fifties and one hundred, during an extended trial period in 2013 – as well as making his Derbyshire debut in their Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Essex.

The Nottinghamshire Academy product is looking forward to his first winter with the Club and he hopes a productive off-season will boost his claim for a regular spot in Karl Krikken’s side.

“I’m absolutely delighted and proud to have signed for Derbyshire,” he said.

“It was a long season last year but all the hard work paid off. I’m now just looking forward to the winter programme and working closely with the coaches here.

Read more: Elstone hoping to kick-on next summer

2013 Season Review: Part One

DerbyshireCelebrationThe curtain has fallen on a historic 2013 season for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

After a 13-year absence, Wayne Madsen’s young side stepped into the unknown to do battle in the highest league in the land; LV= County Championship Division One.

Many in the media wrote off the chances of Karl Krikken’s side, and after the opening fixtures even the most dedicated of supporters couldn’t argue with the pre-season predictions.

But in the face of adversity, a Derbyshire side containing a plethora of Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates broke the mould and at the height of summer handed the county their first Division One victory since the two-tier structure was launched, back at the turn of the century.

During an astonishing four-week period, the Club clinched three wins – more than Surrey and East Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire claimed all season – to re-install an immense sense of pride to the people of Derbyshire, and to kick start their Division One campaign.

Click here to view Part One of Derbyshire County Cricket Club's season review>>>

Geoff Miller steps down as National Selector

GeoffMillerFormer Derbyshire all-rounder Geoff Miller has stepped down as ECB National Selector and will be succeeded by former England and Leicestershire batsman James Whitaker on January 1st 2014.

Miller notified the England and Wales Cricket Board of his wish to step down from his role during the home Investec Ashes Series in 2013.

The 61-year-old - who played 254 first-class fixtures for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1986, before ending his career back in Derby in 1990 - has been in the job for the last six years during which England have won three successive Ashes series.

Miller said: “It will be sad to step down after a 14-year period as first an England Selector and then the National Selector. 

“However I feel that this is the perfect time to hand over the reins and I cannot think of anyone more suitable than James Whitaker to assume control of the selection panel.

Read more: Geoff Miller steps down as National Selector

[VIDEO] Borrington targeting all forms

PaulBorringtonPaul Borrington is targeting a spot in all forms after impressing in both the one and four-day competitions last season.  

The 25-year-old appeared in 11 List A fixture in 2013, compiling 237 runs including a career-best 72 against Surrey in August.

His one-day form earned the opener a place at the top of the order in Derbyshire's final four LV= County Championship Division One fixtures in which the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduate hit 209 runs at a shade fewer than 30.

Borrington is now hoping a good winter programme will help him cement his position in all formats as Karl Krikken’s men push for an immediate return to the top flight in 2014.

“I'd liked to have played more [four-day] games last season, but I think this is a good target to have for next season,” he said.

Read more: [VIDEO] Borrington targeting all forms

Hughes undergoes successful shoulder surgery

ChesneyHughesChesney Hughes expects to be fully fit for the start of the new season after undergoing shoulder surgery last weekend.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury early in the 2013 campaign, preventing him from bowling for the remainder of the summer.

Hughes successfully underwent surgery on Saturday morning and will now begin a dedicated rehabilitation programme as he aims to be fit ahead of the new season.

“I spoke to the doctor straight after the operation and he said everything had gone well,” Hughes said. “It was successful so now it’s just about getting back fit and strong.

“I had to get the injury sorted out and straight after the end of the season was the best time. Now I can work hard over the winter to make sure I’m fully fit for the start of the new campaign.

Read more: Hughes undergoes successful shoulder surgery

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