Derbyshire's Media Day took place on Thursday at a bitterly cold County Ground, although the players were all smiles as they posed for the cameras with the LV= CC Division Two trophy proudly displayed in front of captain Wayne Madsen.
Sky Sports, Radio Derby, The Derby Telegraph, The Times and numerous representatives from other national and local media outlets were present to interview, film and photograph the 2012 Division Two Champions ahead of the first game of the season against Warwickshire at Edgbaston starting on April 10th.
The players have undergone an intensive pre-season, which included an 11-day tour of Barbados and their preparations conclude with a two-day fixture against Nottinghamshire beginning on Sunday at 11am at the County Ground.
Pictured; Back Row L to R; Chris Durham, Ben Slater, Alasdair Evans, Matt Higginbottom and Alex Hughes.
Centre Row L to R; Peter Burgoyne, Tom Knight, Tom Poynton, Chesney Hughes, Richard Johnson, Billy Godleman and Mark Footitt.
Front Row L to R; Mark Turner, Ross Whiteley, Jonathan Clare, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen, Tim Groenewald, Tony Palladino, Dan Redfern, David Wainwright and Paul Borrington
Somerset claimed victory by an innings and 27 runs, as Derbyshire were dismissed for 214 on the final day of their three-day friendly at Taunton.
After losing there early wickets, Chesney Hughes and Dan Redfern begun the Falcons’ revival prior to lunch but the visitors succumbed after the interval and were all out just before tea.
On the morning of the third and final day, Somerset declared on 470-5 in reply to Derbyshire’s 229 all out who trailed the hosts by 241 at the start of their second innings.
The Falcons lost two early wickets before the visitors lost their third wicket in the 25th over as Wes Durston was trapped lbw for 28 with the score on 53. But Hughes and Redfern held firm to take the scores onto 88-3 at lunch.
Mark Turner picked up three wickets, including two with successive deliveries, on a hard day in the field for Derbyshire, as Somerset closed on 470-5 at Taunton.
Both Marcus Trescothick (106) and James Hildreth (182) reached three figures for the hosts who ended the second day with a 241-run lead.
Turner was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while David Wainwright and Ross Whiteley both claimed a wicket apiece.
Somerset resumed their first innings on 83 without loss, in reply to Derbyshire’s 229 all out, with both Trescothick and Arul Suppiah getting starts on the first day.
Nationally-recognised networking organisation; The Business Network will utilise Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s conference facilities for a number of their popular networking events this summer.
The Business Network, founded in 1992, promotes and encourages local business decision makers from across the business spectrum to come together to exchange ideas and develop new relationships.
Derbyshire CCC’s 1870 Business Club has already grown to over 40 members of the local business community and a partnership between the cricket club and one of the area’s leading business networking organisations represents a perfect fit for Chief Executive Simon Storey and his team.
Storey said: “Much of our success attracting new businesses ahead of season 2013 has come from making The County Ground a networking, hosting and introductory hub for local businesses.”
While most young people were enjoying the Easter break by not having to get up early, a small group of Academy and Mini Academy players supported the CricketForce event at Elvaston Cricket Club.
On Good Friday morning, such was the commitment of the players to get there that Archie and Alfie Gleadall travelled all the way from Eckington and Elliot and Aaron Hibell completed an hour ride to Elvaston CC on their bikes.
The Academy players were introduced to Club President John Lindsay and Club Chairman Terry Gorman, who quickly got them working on the tasks that needed to be done.
Mr Lindsay took the oldest two members of the group, Greg Cork and Will Davis, off to attach new netting to the frame of the practice nets.
David Wainwright top scored with 52 as Derbyshire posted 229 on the opening day of their three-day friendly with Somerset - the hosts closed on 83-0.
Three quick wickets from paceman Steve Kirby reduced the visitors to 25-3 at Taunton, but the fourth-wicket 62-run partnership between Chesney Hughes and Dan Redfern helped the visitors recover to 96-5 at lunch.
Wainwright and Tom Poynton continued the revival after the break with a 61-run stand, but the pair were removed for 52 and 28 respectively, before a late 29 from Jonathan Clare helped the visitors past 200 after tea. Somerset faced 21 overs in the final session and both Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah were unbeaten at the close.
On a cold morning in Taunton, Trescothick won the toss and elected to field first, and his decision was advocated immediately when Kirby claimed three early wickets in favourable conditions in Somerset.
Wes Durston believes Monday’s three-day friendly with Somerset will act as the perfect benchmark as the side continue their pre-season preparations.
The Derbyshire squad returned from their pre-season tour in Barbados last weekend and have since been hard at work preparing for their first friendly of the year at Taunton on April 1st.
The Taunton-born all-rounder insists Monday’s fixture against a strong Somerset outfit will stand them in good stead ahead of the new campaign, as Derbyshire prepare for life back in the LV= County Championship Division One.
“Obviously coming back from Barbados to this weather has been a bit of a shock, but we are looking forward to going down to Taunton for the three-day friendly,” Durston said.
Chesney Hughes has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract committing the all-rounder to the Club until September 2015.
The left-handed batsman has scored over 1,500 runs in 27 first-class matches since joining the Club in 2009, compiling four centuries since completing first three-figure score in 2010 against Gloucestershire at the age of 19.
Hughes has been a mainstay of the Falcons’ one-day side since making his debut against Warwickshire in 2009, demonstrating the ability to change matches with either bat or ball in both limited-overs formats.
The 22-year-old was in fine form during the recent pre-season tour of Barbados, picking up five wickets in three games and scoring an unbeaten 109 in the opening fixture versus Northamptonshire.
Membership Packs for the 2013 season will be posted to Members on Friday, April 5th.
Packs will include a letter, 2013 Membership Card, car park pass where applicable, two wallet-sized Fixture Cards and an Ambassador Form.
The new Ambassador initiative offers Derbyshire Members £50 cash back for each new Member (not a member in 2012 or 2011) you recruit for the 2013 season.
Simply complete an Ambassador Form and ask the friend or family member you are recommending to submit it alongside their application for Membership.
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