Derbyshire County Cricket Club and The University of Derby have stepped up their established partnership ahead of the 2013 season.
The University, who sponsored the Club’s Friends Life t20 shirts in 2012, will sponsor the front of the white LV= County Championship shirt as Derbyshire tackle the top tier of English cricket for the first time since the year 2000.
The University of Derby, home to 21,000 students, has also become title sponsors of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy which is responsible for producing the first-class cricketers of the future.
The 12 young cricketers making up this year’s Academy will play under the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy banner in the UK’s first University/Academy cricket partnership.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is looking forward to the challenge as Derbyshire embark on their first season back in the top flight for 13 years, and believes his experience can help a young Derbyshire squad flourish in Division One.
The 38-year-old arrived in the UK on Saturday and took part in Derbys recent two day friendly against Notts at the County Ground scoring an unbeaten 31, which included three sixes from the final over of the innings.
The world’s number two Test batsman is today travelling down to Birmingham as part of the matchday squad and he insists that he is fully prepared for the start of the new season, which begins tomorrow at Edgbaston against Warwickshire.
“I am looking forward to the first game of the season,” he said. “The squad have had a good pre-season and we enjoyed a good warm-up match against Notts yesterday.
Derbyshire have named their squad for the LV= County Championship 2013 season opener against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, beginning on Wednesday.
World number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who arrived in the UK on Saturday and scored an unbeaten 31 in the side’s friendly with Nottinghamshire on Monday, has been included in the 13-man squad.
All-rounder Ross Whiteley is looking forward to the challenge of Division One cricket, but is expecting a difficult opening game against the current LV= CC champions Warwickshire.
“I am really looking forward to the first game of the season and the new challenge of Division One cricket,” he said. “It is great to start the season at a Test venue and we as a squad are really excited about the new campaign.
“We are expecting a difficult opening game as we are facing the reigning champions, but we are looking forward to it. We had a good pre-season against them, beat them in the t20 in Barbados, and now hoping to take this forward and perform well in the four-day competition.
“The boys are itching to get out now and hit the ground running. Personally, I am hoping to have a positive effect with both bat and ball this season.
“My bowling is something that I have been working and it is something I can still improve on, but I think I can have an impact with ball in hand. I am also hoping to nail down my spot at number six in the batting line-up and help contribute as much as possible.”
Warwickshire XI: Chopra, Westwood, Porterfield, Troughton, Evans, Ambrose, Clarke, Milnes, Patel, Wright, Hannon-Dalby
Derbyshire’s 13-man squad: Madsen, Godleman, Hughes, Chanderpaul, Durston, Redfern, Whiteley, Wainwright, Poynton, Clare, Palladino, Groenewald, Turner
Chesney Hughes will play for Derbyshire in 2013 as an England Qualified cricketer after completing his residency.
Today’s news completes a double pre-season boost for the 22-year-old after recently signing a two-and-a-half year contract committing him to the Club until September 2015.
Hughes, born in Anguilla, made his List A debut for Derbyshire in 2009. He has since gone on to make 100 first team appearances in all competitions.
Voted the Club’s Player of the Year in 2010, Hughes has scored 1,553 first-class runs in a Derbyshire shirt with four centuries.
The heady days of mid-September 2012 will not be forgotten by those who played in, or watched, Derbyshire’s title-winning victory over Hampshire at the County Ground, and nor should they.
Winning a trophy should rightly be celebrated, cherished and remembered - and maybe because of the 20-year wait, we all quite rightly celebrated and cherished a little more and a little longer than some other counties might have done.
However 2012 has gone, the celebrations have now ended, and with the new season almost upon us it’s time to look at Derbyshire’s prospects in the top flight of county cricket.
Chesney Hughes continued his excellent pre-season with an unbeaten 53, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul made his first appearance in Derbyshire colours on Day 2 against Nottinghamshire at the County Ground.
Hughes and Wayne Madsen (35) put on 94 for the opening wicket, before Chanderpaul stepped out for the first time for Karl Krikken's side.
At the second time of asking, the world number two Test batsman completed a well-controlled unbeaten 31, which included three sixes in one over, in an entertaining day’s cricket.
Derbyshire began a fresh innings on the second day at the County Ground, with both teams aiming to gain as much time in the middle before the start of the new LV= County Championship season on Wednesday.
As we countdown to the first LV= CC fixture at the County Ground against Nottinghamshire on April 24th, we look at some of the iconic images from Derbyshire’s triumphant 2012 campaign. Today is Tony Palladino – May 3rd, v Gloucestershire.
Tony Palladino claims the wicket of Gloucestershire’s Ed Young to complete his five-wicket haul in the first innings of their LV= County Championship clash at the County Ground.
The paceman’s inspired spell of bowling helped dismiss the visitors for 206, as Derbyshire took a 182-run lead into the second innings, thanks to 101 from Wayne Madsen, and enforced the follow-on.
But Gloucestershire would avoid defeat after New Zealand international Kane Williamson (128) and Hamish Marshall (90) put on a stand of 166 for the third wicket.
Derbyshire couldn’t break through a resilient Gloucestershire batting line-up, and the visitors ended the final day with six wickets still in hand, as the match was declared a draw and Derbyshire maintained their unbeaten start to the new campaign.
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Derbyshire batsman Wes Durston’s pre-season dominance over Nottinghamshire continued as the East Midlands rivals traded blows at the County Ground today.
The Derbyshire all-rounder followed his recent unbeaten Barbados hundred against the Trent Bridge county with a fine half-century, scored under the most testing of circumstances, as the home side closed on 104-2 in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 173-5 declared.
Derbyshire were buoyed ahead of their latest pre-season fixture by the news that Shivnarine Chanderpaul had arrived in the UK.
The West Indian international has the option to bat on Day 2, but Nottinghamshire boasted an all international opening partnership of their own as they batted first under pleasant spring sunshine at the County Ground.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul will arrive in Derbyshire in good time for the new campaign and the good news was relayed to the Club by Derby North MP Chris Williamson.
The world’s number two batsman is flying to the UK on Saturday and will be in the squad for Derbyshire’s opening LV= County Championship fixture against Warwickshire at Edgbaston starting on Wednesday. He may even make an appearance in the two day friendly versus Nottinghamshire at the County Ground starting this Sunday at 11am.
With the Club urgently needing to confirm flight arrangements, Mr Williamson stepped in to assist. He contacted the High Commissions of Guyana and Jamaica to confirm that everything was in order with the visa application; and that the paperwork was on track to be issued in time for the West Indies star to catch his Saturday flight.
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