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Krikken keeps quiet faith with rising stars: By Richard Rae (The Cricket Paper)

Karl Krikken and team membersDuring the celebrations which followed the confirmation of Derbyshire’s promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship, chairman Chris Grant made one thing clear.

While they would support head coach Karl Krikken in strengthening their squad, neither he nor ‘Krik’ had any intention of tearing up the blueprint which had brought them success by blowing the playing budget on a couple of marquee signings.

So far the Club has been as good as their word. In the last couple of weeks the young players who contributed hugely towards the winning of the Division Two title, including Dan Redfern, Tom Poynton, Wes Durston, Ross Whiteley and Jon Clare, have been rewarded with new and improved contracts.

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Burgoyne and Slater dominate in Zimbabwe

burgoynebattingPeter Burgoyne (pictured) and Ben Slater have been piling on the runs in their maiden first-class appearances for the Southern Rocks in Zimbabwe.

Both have been plying their trade in the Zimbabwean domestic competition since the start of October, and the flashes of brilliance both showed during the limited-overs fixtures have been well and truly eclipsed by the performances of both on days 1 and 2 of their first four day contest.

Slater, opening the batting against the Mashonoland Eagles, made 89 in an innings that included nine boundaries, struck all over the billiard table outfield of the Harare Sports Club.

When Slater was finally dismissed in the 70th over as the fourth man out, it meant Burgoyne came to the crease; and the Denby born all-rounder showed no signs of nerves on his first class debut.

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Quick-fire interview: Wayne Madsen

Wayne MadsenWayne Madsen is the second Derbyshire player to face Tim Groenewald’s quick-fire close season interview.

Find out more about the Derbyshire skipper spending his time coaching – but not the sport of cricket.

Also find out Wayne’s motivation for bulking up in the gym, which England fast bowler he’s looking forward to facing next season and why he’d like to see one of the world’s top tennis stars face the red ball.

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Whiteley makes England sixes bow

Hong KongRoss Whiteley made his senior international debut for England in Hong Kong during the weekend – but it was South Africa that took the trophy.

The Derbyshire all-rounder contributed cameo contributions of 15*, 14* and 22 during the Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes tournament at Kowloon Cricket Club. But he couldn’t prevent England from crashing out on Day 1 of the tournament following defeats to hosts Honk Kong and to eventual winners South Africa.

England, who began the competition brightly with a ten wicket victory over Australia, also lost to the Netherlands in their Plate Semi Final on Sunday, a match in which Whiteley didn’t feature.

South Africa, meanwhile, romped past Hong Kong and Pakistan to lift the trophy for the second time in four years.

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Five Key matches in 2012 success by Jake Needham

Jake Needham looks back on the matches that really made a difference as Derbyshire set about securing the LV=County Championship Division Two title.

With the well-earned fanfare that the Derbyshire class of 2012 are enjoying after the historic achievement of their first promotion into the top tier of the LV=County Championship, I thought it appropriate to look back at the championship campaign as a whole, and the five season-defining moments that came along the way (if you can’t reminisce after a season like this one, when can you!).

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Youngsters commit to Derbyshire

Six of Derbyshire’s brightest prospects have agreed new deals with the county.

England Under-19s all-rounder Peter Burgoyne (pictured) has signed a new three year contract, whilst fellow all-round prospect Alex Hughes will transfer from a summer contract to a three year full time professional contract from 1 October next year following the completion of his studies.

Burgoyne, 18, has eight career List A and four Twenty20 matches to his credit and hit a maiden unbeaten century for the 2nd XI versus MCC Universities in August.

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Prestigious award caps impressive year for Guptill

By Jake Needham

Derbyshire’s overseas player of 2011 and 2012, Martin Guptill, crowned a fantastic year by becoming the recipient of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at the 2011-12 ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards.

The most prestigious award of the event is decided by an independent panel and handed to the player whose performances have been the most outstanding during the voting period.

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Sunday starts for LV=County Championship cricket

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.

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Houghton to remain in coaching role

Derbyshire Specialist Batting Coach David Houghton is to continue in his role at the County Ground for the duration of the 2013 season.

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.

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