The Comic Relief funded community project welcomed students (aged 13-17) from a combination of Derby Moor and Chesterfield Springmoor Community Colleges, all of whom have a possible future in sports leadership.
As well as fulfilling its objective of using sport to unify youngsters, Derbyshire swimmer Ross Davenport was on hand, along with Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey, to welcome the youngsters and project leader Yvonne Luce to the Cricket Club.
Palladino was a star performer with the ball during the Club’s title-winning summer, taking 56 first-class wickets as Derbyshire garnered more bowling points than any other in the division.
Enjoying his finest hour with a game changing seven wicket spell versus Kent, the 29-year-old recorded three five-wicket hauls during the 2012 campaign.
The 24-year-old, who followed the recent LV= County Championship triumph with selection for the England Sixes side, becomes the first player that starred in the title winning team to commit to a new deal as the Club focuses on securing the future of key players in the wake of promotion.
Whiteley, who is a graduate of the Club’s Academy, scored 498 runs and took 20 wickets in first-class cricket in 2012, as well as catching the eye with a fine unbeaten half-century versus South Africa in August.
Last Saturday saw the team conduct a lap of honour with the trophy at Pride Park Stadium, receiving a standing ovation from Derby County fans, and now Chesterfield FC have extended the same kind invitation.
Supporters in the north of the county will now have their chance to view the trophy and share in Derbyshire’s success, with the players entering the field of play at half time.
The 24-year-old wicketkeeper has signed from Warwickshire on a three-year contract following two loan spells at the County Ground last summer.
Johnson starred with a match-winning 79 versus Yorkshire Carnegie for Derbyshire before returning to Edgbaston and helping Warwickshire to the LV= County Championship title.
Since joining the Warwickshire professional ranks in 2008, Johnson – who played junior cricket for the Bears since the Under 11s age group and attended Solihull School – has played 11 First Class games, 13 List A and 18 t20 matches for the Club.
However, for two of Derbyshire’s brightest prospects; Peter Burgoyne (pictured) and Ben Slater, the time up until Christmas will be used playing first-class cricket for Southern Rocks Cricket franchise in Zimbabwe.
Burgoyne and Slater’s arrival will unfortunately not be heralded with such fanfare as Southern Rock’s overseas signing for 2010-11. The ‘Rocks’ that year recruited none other than the world record holder in first-class and Test cricket; Brian Lara.
‘It’s going to be a really exciting time’ Burgoyne said. ‘Dave Houghton is coaching the side out there and he asked if Ben and I would be interested in playing out there.’
As the messages continue to flood in, the club has moved to ensure that all the texts, tweets, emails, messages and letters from supporters and well-wishers alike are collected in one online portal for the team and staff to read.
A link has been made available on the homepage of the Derbyshire official website enabling anybody to leave their congratulations and messages of support for the team.
The annual Derbyshire County Cricket Club Player of the Year Awards Evening was naturally a celebratory affair given the extraordinary achievements of the playing and coaching staff throughout the summer of 2012.
The evening began with messages of congratulations delivered from Chief Executive Simon Storey and Chairman Chris Grant, to all members of the playing and coaching staff for their efforts in securing promotion as well as the LV=County Championship Division 2 title.
The recipient of the night’s most cherished award - the Player of the Year Award - went fittingly to club captain Wayne Madsen.
A selection of players will show off the trophy, which Derbyshire won last Friday by beating Hampshire at the County Ground, having kindly been invited by the football club.
The gesture means that the LV=County Championship Division Two winners will be able to witness the acknowledgement and applause of a 20,000 + crowd, just over a week after being crowned Champions on Sky TV.
The club is also delighted to announce that the Mayor of Derby - Councillor Lisa Higginbottom - will host a Civic Reception in recognition of their achievements in 2012, with further information on both a date and venue to be announced in the near future.
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