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Club Shop SALE now on

DerbyThe Derbyshire County Cricket Club Shop has kicked-off its annual sale – and supporters are encouraged to get their hands on official 2013 Derbyshire merchandise while stocks last.

All Derbyshire 2013 clothing from replica shirts, tracksuits, jogging bottoms and polo tops are available in a variety of sizes and priced at just £10 each, subject to availability.

The Shop has limited numbers of LV= County Championship, Friends Life t20 and Yorkshire Bank 40 shirts still available, and four-day tops are now only available in-store.

Supports can also get their hands on the Club’s official 2013 Matchday Programmes which are now half price at just £1.

Other gifts such as DVDs, Club ties, hats, caps and books are also available both online and in-store.

The Sale is available whilst stocks last, with the Club Shop open in the Gateway Centre at the County Ground from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Please click here to view the Online Store>>>

Derbyshire not to renew Houghton's dedicated batting coach contract

DavidHoughtonDerbyshire County Cricket Club will not be retaining David Houghton as a dedicated specialist batting coach.

This follows last week's budget reviews by the Supervisory Board and the announcement that the Club will be conducting a structural review of the cricket management strategy. 

Houghton, who has been working alongside Karl Krikken’s back-room team since mid-2011, was financed out of the specialist coaching fund, but the Club has not yet been able to commit to this again for next season. 

The 56-year-old former Zimbabwe international has been the county’s batting coach for the last two-and-a-half seasons.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: "I would personally like to thank David for his magnificent service to the Club over the past three seasons and we all wish him well in his future endeavours.

“We have been extremely lucky to have someone with David’s experience during this time, and everyone who has worked with him will have benefitted positively from it.”

Sight Support Derbyshire charity event

SightSupportDerbyshireSight Support Derbyshire, an official Cricket Derbyshire charity, will be hosting a Keep Calm & Come Shopping event in the Lund Pavilion on Friday 25th October; 7.30pm start.

Come and have enjoy a glass of wine, listen to local acoustic blues band Daz Kelly and/or treat yourself to a manicure at this special event designed to raise funds for Sight Support Derbyshire.

Beauticians and hairdressers will be in attendance at the event, with haircuts and beauty treatments on offer for all. Many stalls will be open including jewellery and candles stands, and tombola. There will also be Tarot Card, flower and photograph reading.

Tickets are £2 in advance and £3 on the night.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 01332 287008 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2013 Season Review: Part Two

WayneMadsenThe 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.

In part two, read how Derbyshire backed-up their first four-day win at Hove since 1996 with a dominant 56-run triumph over title-contenders Middlesex at the end of August.

Click here to read Part Two of Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Season Review>>>

[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.

Read more: [VIDEO] Sports Media Academy visit the County Ground

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.

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

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

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