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Stubbings returns as Derbyshire commit more to coaching

StubbingsStephen Stubbings has been added to Derbyshire’s coaching team in a move that will see AJ Harris re-deployed as specialist Bowling Coach - as the Club further strengthens its experienced coaching setup.

Stubbings takes over day-to-day responsibility for the Second XI with immediate effect; making a fond return to the Club he served as a player for 13 seasons from 1997 to 2009.

The 35-year-old scored 7,557 first-class runs during his 139 match Derbyshire playing career. He was capped in 2001 and was twice a winner of the Club’s Player of the Year Award.

Since leaving the Club at the conclusion of the 2009 season, Stubbings has coached within the Cricket Derbyshire – University of Derby Academy and age-group setups as well as performing a player/coaching role with Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club.

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Durston - Squad raring to go against Lancashire

WesDurstonAll-rounder Wes Durston says Derbyshire are raring to go ahead of their first Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture of the season versus Lancashire Lightning at the County Ground this Sunday, 12th May - 1.45pm start.

Kids’ entertainment will be provided around the ground throughout the day as the LV= County Championship Division Two trophy will be available for photographs and an autograph session with the team will follow the conclusion of the game.

Durston, who averaged 32 in last season’s YB40 competition, is confident that the Falcons can make a positive start to this year’s campaign and he is expecting another entertaining fixture against a strong Lightning side at the County Ground.

“We always look forward to one day cricket,” Durston said. “We just want to go out, express ourselves, play well and get the victory.

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Yorkshire Bank 40 sponsors to give away free cricket bats this summer

RoadToLordsYorkshire Bank is excited to announce its Giving Bat to You campaign which gives cricket fans the chance to win a limited edition cricket bat this summer.

The new title sponsor of the ECB’s domestic 40-over competition has formed a partnership with cricket manufacturer Gray-Nicolls to give away 150 cricket bats between May 3rd and September 21st.

Yorkshire Bank will give away a bat every day throughout the Yorkshire Bank 40 season via its Facebook page. To be in with a chance of winning one of their top of the range bats, all you need to do is upload a photograph that illustrates what cricket means to you to the Giving Bat to You campaign app on the Yorkshire Bank Cricket Facebook page, www.facebook.com/YorkshireBankCricket.

It could be a photograph of you playing, celebrating with your teammates, or a shot with your favourite player of all-time. If it shows us why you love cricket, then we want to see it!

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Falcons out to inspire in Sunday’s Lancashire clash

DerbyWayne Madsen is calling for a performance to inspire youngsters as Derbyshire Falcons take on Lancashire Lightning on Family Fun Day at the County Ground; this Sunday, 12th May (1.45pm start).

The Club has been working hard with local schools, community groups and their own junior members to ensure a strong family turnout and the pricing policy is such that a family of four can attend for just £32 if tickets are purchased in advance of the day.

Kids’ entertainment will be provided around the ground including the ever popular Freddie the Falcon, the LV= County Championship Division Two trophy will be available for photographs and an autograph session with the team will follow the conclusion of the game.

But Falcons’ skipper, Madsen, hopes his side’s performance will provide the headline act and will convince those in attendance to become regular spectators throughout the season.

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Register for the Wedding Open Day to enter prize draw

WeddingOpenDayRegister for the Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s much anticipated Wedding Open Day - which takes place this Sunday, 12th May - and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a pre-wedding photo shoot with Jon Cripwell.

The day Wedding Open Day will showcase the beautiful County Ground Marquee as set for a wedding and guests will also get the opportunity to stay for an afternoon of cricket as Derbyshire take on Lancashire in the Yorkshire Bank 40, starting at 1.45pm.

The Wedding Open Day is free to anybody who wishes to attend, with gates opening at 11:30am. A relaxing and enlightening afternoon will conclude at 2:30pm, with guests more than welcome to sample the live cricket on display.

Register now and you will not only be entered into the draw to win a pre-wedding photo shoot with local photographer Jon Cripwell - www.joncripwell.co.uk – but you will also receive a bride’s gift bag containing exclusive discounts and samples.

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New Zealand Test Tourists presented with Derbyshire memento

RoyalCrownDerbyDerbyshire captain Wayne Madsen proudly presented New Zealand captain Kane Williamson with a Royal Crown Derby 22ct gold English Fine Bone China salad bowl as the two sides met in a three day fixture throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

The nationally renowned local porcelain brand donated the hand-crafted gift to the touring Kiwis ahead of the three day match at the County Ground which acted as preparation for their Test series against England.

The presentation to the Black Caps skipper commemorated their first visit to the city of Derby for four years, the last occasion being when they took on Ireland in a warm-up match before the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in 2009.

The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company has traded in Derby since opening their first factory on Nottingham Road in 1750.

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New Zealand complete victory despite Redfern defiance

DanRedfernStylish Dan Redfern provided fun in the Bank Holiday sun – but it was New Zealand that emerged victorious on the final day.

Redfern counter-attacked from 98-5 and breezed to an impressive half-century, only to become the third of Neil Wagner’s 5 for 45 as, chasing 335 to win, Derbyshire were all out for 227 and beaten by 107 runs.

The hosts’ batting line-up was hoping for much needed time in the middle after New Zealand’s overnight declaration at 199-5 with only one of the top six, Chesney Hughes, averaging upwards of 40 during the first-class season so far.

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New Zealand build lead despite early wickets

Madsen&FootittDerbyshire produced a disciplined bowling performance in the afternoon, but New Zealand had comprised a 334-run lead at the close after the hosts had earlier been dismissed for 154 at the County Ground.

Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin both claimed three wickets apiece, while Doug Bracewell picked up four to bowl the hosts out 135 runs short of the tourists’ first innings total, with Wes Durston top scoring with a fluent 46.

But Derbyshire would claim three quick innings in reply, five in total in the day, with Mark Footitt again the pick of the bowlers as New Zealand closed on 199-5, a lead of 334 runs.

Speaking after the game Chesney Hughes said: "I think we did well today. We were superb at the end of the day to claim five wickets. The batting was a little disappointing as it fell away, but I think the bowlers picked it up when we came out and we had them five down for 90 which was an excellent effort. 

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Ole 'Stan' Mortensen - Best times of my life

StanMortensenIn the eighties and nineties, Derbyshire boasted one of the most fearsome bowling attacks in county cricket. Under the guidance of Captain Kim Barnett, the side ripped through batting line-ups like knife through butter as the county secured their first silverware in over nine years in 1990.

Heading up the ever reliable attack was the moustachioed 6ft 4in Dane Ole ‘Stan’ Mortensen.  The paceman enjoyed 12 fruitful seasons with Derbyshire towards the end of the 20th century in what was one the county’s most successful periods in its modern history and it is a time Stan has claimed as the ‘best of his life’.

The Dane would often hold up one end alongside legendary West Indian bowler Michael Holding as the county built a formidable and highly-ambitious side that brought high recognition back to the County Ground.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Club,” Mortensen said.  “It was a very successful period and I was privileged to play alongside some great players.  We began to gain a reputation and we developed a side that were proud to be Derbyshire.

“I gave Derby my best 12 years of my career and also those 12 years were probably the best of my life, and that is a big statement.

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