With more than 25,000 respondents the County Research Study conducted by Populus reinforced the key findings of the Morgan Review in particular the need to provide regular scheduling for County cricket.
The ECB Board noted the strong desire from Counties and spectators to create an ‘appointment to view’ for T20 cricket spread over a longer period of the season. There was no compelling preference from spectators for 40 over cricket rather than 50 over cricket and therefore the format from 2014 will replicate the 50 over format played by the national team.
Consistent with feedback from the players there was a strong desire to retain the LV County Championship in two Divisions of nine teams.
The club has moved to retain the services of Houghton, who played a key part in ensuring Derbyshire were promoted to Division One of the LV=County Championship in 2012.
Head Coach Karl Krikken has again opted to utilise the Specialist Coaching Fund, one of the key elements of the future cricket strategy; announced in June 2011.
Derbyshire’s title-winning captain Wayne Madsen has signed a new three year contract.
The 28-year-old batsman becomes the latest player to commit his future to the club, securing a new deal to remain at the County Ground until the end of the 2015 season.
In his first season as captain in 2012, Madsen led a young Derbyshire side to the LV= County Championship Division Two title; their first trophy since 1993.
Ben Slater and Peter Burgoyne’s short tenure amongst the Zimbabwean professional ranks has begun brightly with a series of notable contributions from the young Derbyshire duo.
Denby born, off-spinning all-rounder, Burgoyne has already showed his Southern Rocks team mates the sort of power that brought him his maiden second XI century back in September.
The prestigious Civic Reception, hosted by the Mayor of Derby Councillor Lisa Higginbottom, took place at the city's Assembly Rooms and was well attended by players, staff, sponsors and partners alike.
The evening saw the Mayoress address the audience, outlining the significance of Derbyshire's achievements, before Chief Executive Simon Storey deliver a well-received speech, congratulating all involved at the club and acknowledging the pride Derbyshire's triumphs has given botht he city and the county.
The 23-year-old left-handed batsman has already gained notable experience at the top of the order having played 69 first-class matches and 41 limited-overs fixtures, passing 50 on 26 occasions in all first team cricket with five centuries.
Godleman spent his formative years at Middlesex where he became the second youngest first-class cricketer for the county behind team mate Steven Finn back in 2005 and scored his maiden century on LV= County Championship debut versus Somerset in 2007.
He has spent the last three seasons with Essex, playing 33 four day matches and netting 1,640 runs with three centuries and a further seven fifties.
The Academy graduate left-hander enjoyed his best season to date in 2012, notching the first two centuries of his career and averaging 37.71 in an ever-present campaign.
A consistent scorer of half-centuries since making his first-class debut at the age of 17 in 2007, Redfern ended the long wait for a ton in the opening match of the season as Derbyshire set the tone for a successful summer with victory over Northamptonshire.
The 22-year-old featured in all but two matches during the recent LV= County Championship Division Two title success, registering two fifties and a maiden first-class century in his inaugural full season of first team cricket, as well as completing 43 dismissals behind the stumps.
Poynton’s 393 four day runs came at an impressive lower-middle order average of 30.23. His 106 versus Northamptonshire came in a partnership of 261 with Captain Wayne Madsen; just 23 runs shy of breaking a 102-year-old world record stand for the ninth wicket.
Poynton, 22, who forms a trio of former Repton School students in the current first team squad alongside Ross Whiteley and Paul Borrington, said: “Derbyshire is the county I’ve represented since I was 11 throughout the age groups and committing to another three years on the staff is exactly what I wanted.
Derbyshire’s new interpretation of the traditional rose and crown crest has been revealed today; a combination of embracing the Club’s rich heritage dating back to 1870 - and looking forward to the future.
The new logo, designed along with the 'Proud to be Derbyshire' branding in partnership with Derby-based marketing agency Origination, features each of the Club’s original colours: light blue, chocolate brown and amber, together with the now traditional dark blue cricketing colour.
The embracing of the traditional colours – and the Proud to be Derbyshire campaign – was inspired by the comments of Walter Boden at the very launch of the Club way back in 1870.
"I propose that a cricket club be formed representing the whole strength of the county, to be called The Derbyshire County Cricket Club." Walter Boden, 4th November 1870.
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