Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen has been named the 2013 Cricket Writers' Club County Championship Player of the Year, sponsored by William Hill.
Madsen scored 1,221 LV= County Championship Division One runs this season - a tally exceeded only by Yorkshire's Gary Ballance - at 43.60 in 16 matches with three hundreds and eight fifties; leading his side to three victories in the county's first season back in the top flight for over a decade.
The 29-year-old was the first player to score 1,000 Championship runs when he reached that landmark on Tuesday 20th August against Middlesex at the County Ground, Derby - with his highest score the 152 he made against Surrey in May.
This is the second individual honour Madsen has won this season after he became the inaugural winner of the BBC/MCC Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award, named after the respected journalist who was President of the Cricket Writers' Club at the time of his passing, for "exceptional sportsmanship" in a County Championship match against Yorkshire at Queen's Park, Chesterfield, during the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
The County Championship Cricketer of the Year award, in common with the Young Cricketer, is voted for by the Full Members of the Cricket Writers' Club, which represents the overwhelming majority of those working in England covering the sport be they journalists, photographers or broadcasters.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club will ply their trade in Division Two in 2014 after suffering defeat to Warwickshire in their final LV= County Championship fixture of the season.
Karl Krikken’s men knew they needed to secure at least one bonus batting point on the penultimate day to keep their hopes of remaining in Division One alive.
But Derbyshire succumbed to the visitors’ experienced pace attack to be dismissed for 103, subsequently confirming their relegation from the top flight of county cricket.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top-scored with 52 - but a five-wicket haul from Keith Barker and three from Maurice Chambers dismissed Derbyshire shortly before lunch.
The hosts again struggled to combat against the visitors’ attack in the second innings with only Tom Poynton (41) hitting a score worthy of note as Wayne Madsen’s men were all out for 120 and defeated by an innings and 168 runs.
Head Coach Krikken said: "There has been times this year when we have lost quick wickets, but that's Division One cricket. It was similar today as we struggled to get going against a good experienced Warwickshire bowling unit.
The 29-year enjoyed the best campaign of his career, reaching 1,000 first-class runs for the first time while leading his side to three four-day victories in the county's first year back in the top flight of county cricket for over a decade.
The right-handed batsman completed three first-class centuries at a fraction over 45 in 2013 to date and is currently the leading run scorer in Division One of the LV= County Championship.
During a remarkable season, Madsen was also the first man to reach 1,000 Championship runs achieving the feat during the four-day fixture with Middlesex at the County Ground in August.
The Club Captain, meanwhile, hit 389 limited-over runs in 2013 and his 78 against Lancashire at Old Trafford in August was a List A career-best.
Mark Footitt has signed a new two-year contract committing him to Derbyshire until the end of the 2015 season.
The left-arm fast-bowler has enjoyed the best season of his career in 2013 and will now focus on fulfilling his promise in the colours of Derbyshire.
Footitt signed for the Club ahead of the 2010 campaign and has since taken 91 first-class wickets at a shade over 31 with three five-wicket hauls.
His 2013 campaign has included a career-best haul of 42 first-class wickets to date and a further 15 dismissals in the limited-overs forms of the game.
His 6 for 53 against champions Durham and 5 for 28 against Scotland were career-best performances in First Class and List A cricket respectively.
Derbyshire closed on 44-5 in reply to Warwickshire’s 391-9 declared after Day Two of their crucial LV= County Championship fixture at the County Ground.
Chris Woakes and Maurice Chambers shared the highest ever ninth-wicket stand for Warwickshire against Derbyshire to allow the visitors to declare shortly before the tea interval.
The hosts, however, struggled to combat against the visitors’ pace attack – before bad light stopped play with Wayne Madsen’s side trailing by 347 runs with five wickets remaining.
In search of early wickets, Derbyshire were met by a defiant record-breaking stand between Woakes and Chambers, who together helped Warwickshire post a formidable first-innings total.
Leading East Midlands commercial property agency Innes England has become the latest local business to become a proud sponsor of Cricket Derbyshire.
The company, with offices in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, is involved in managing sales, lettings, investments, disposals and acquisitions of a range of commercial property including office, retail and industrial. It has become the 73rd company to join the 1870 Business Club in its inaugural year.
By sponsoring Cricket Derbyshire, Innes England will support community cricket coaching and cricket development in North West Derbyshire.
Innes England is a big supporter of sport across the region and has recently advised on property transactions involving a number of sporting institutions.
A stubborn century from Chris Woakes frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on Day One at the County Ground.
The hosts made a successful start to their final LV= County Championship fixture of the season as Mark Footitt (2-71) removed both Warwickshire openers inside five overs. Tim Groenewald (4-67) - the pick of the bowlers on the opening day - then claimed three quick wickets after lunch to reduce the visitors to 120-6.
However, 46 from Ateeq Javid, a brisk 40 from Jeetan Patel and an unbeaten century from England all-rounder Woakes (102*) helped their side recover from a precarious position to close on 285-8.
Derbyshire made an ideal start, claiming the first wicket in the third over of the day. Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduate Alex Hughes took an excellent low diving catch at third slip to remove Ian Westwood off Footitt.
The left-arm paceman picked up a second soon after, trapping the dangerous Varun Chopra lbw for six.
All the Derbyshire seamers found early movement with the new ball, making life difficult for the new Warwickshire batsmen. Javid – who was dropped twice on seven and 13 by Tom Poynton – and Laurie Evans navigated a challenging period to add 32 runs, before the introduction of Groenewald removed the in-form Evans to claim his first of four wickets.
Captain Wayne Madsen says this week's LV= County Championship fixture with Warwickshire is an 'exciting prospect' as Derbyshire attempt to secure Division One cricket for 2014.
Speaking ahead of the final four-day game of the season, Madsen said: "If you had given us this position a month or two ago we would have taken it.
"The boys are buzzing for it, like they were last year when we entered the last game knowing that we needed to win our last game to get the Division Two title. So it's a similar thing this year.
"We have to win. It's an exciting prospect for all the guys as it's been a long season, but it's all been worth it to get to this position.
"A lot of the guys over the last three or four games have made some real good contributions and can take a lot of confidence into the last game.
Derbyshire welcome Warwickshire to the County Ground for the final LV= County Championship fixture of the season, starting on Tuesday 24th September (10.30am start).
And Karl Krikken's men know only a victory will give them a chance of remaining in Division One for a second season.
A brutal spell of bowling from Graham Onions condemned Derbyshire to defeat - and only a four point haul - from their penultimate game of the campaign against champions-elect Durham last week.
Somerset, meanwhile, claimed a seven-wicket win over bottom club Surrey to leapfrog Wayne Madsen's men out of the relegation places.
The Taunton-based club sit 16 points ahead of second-bottom Derbyshire; while Nottinghamshire sit just 15 points in front.
In the final round of fixtures - starting Tuesday - Nottinghamshire will entertain Somerset, and Krikken's side know that a win for either team at Trent Bridge - or a low scoring draw - will leave the door open for Derbyshire to seal survival.
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