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Barbados 1: Preparation

Passport and Cricket BallThe brief promise of spring which flickered last weekend has been firmly extinguished as rain, fog and plummeting temperatures have ensured a return to wintry conditions…just in time for Derbyshire’s departure for sunnier climes on Monday afternoon. 

Final preparations are being made by the players and coaching staff ahead of their departure from Manchester Airport to Barbados – a significant logistical operation which has necessitated special dispensation for additional baggage weight in the form of kit, equipment and medical supplies.

The squad will again be based at North Stars and are scheduled for an intensive practice session on Tuesday before they play a two-day game against Northamptonshire at the same venue starting on Wednesday. Those not involved in the match against Northants will still play some cricket, however, taking on their counterparts from one of the other county sides. 

Thursday evening will give the squad an opportunity to attend a function at the British High Commission before t20 action begins on Saturday against Warwickshire at the 3W’s Oval, and Sunday will bring more t20 cricket in the shape of Finals Day, while Nottinghamshire will provide the opposition in another 2-day game starting on Tuesday 19th March, with the players not involved in that game playing a 40-over game.  

With a minimum of 7 days of cricket, plus whatever additional t20 cricket is played on the Finals Day, the tour promises to give the entire squad an opportunity to play some keen and competitive cricket, and also allow Head Coach Karl Krikken the chance to evaluate his charges before the start of what promises to be an exciting and challenging season back in Division 1. 

The Derbyshire website will provide comprehensive coverage of the tour with regular updates on Facebook and Twitter, plus comprehensive photographic coverage in our gallery.

Introducing Billy Godleman

BillyGodlemanAs the Club prepare to depart for pre-season in Barbados, the left-handed opening batsman reflects to Tom Holdcroft on his decision to join Derbyshire.

Tom Holdcroft Interview, March 8th, 2013.

Welcome to Derbyshire Billy. Why Derbyshire?

My career had come to a crossroads after Essex released me last August. I hadn’t scored the volume of runs I believed I was capable of and I hadn’t been part of Essex’s one day plans, so the club decided to invest in other young, locally-based players. As a consequence, it gave me a chance to meet face-to-face with several other clubs (and their coaches), of which Derbyshire was the first.

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club Governance Change: Frequently Asked Questions from forums at Derby and Chesterfield

1870BusinessClubFollowing the two recent Members’ Forums at Derby and at Chesterfield on a proposed upgrade to the corporate governance of the Club, a list of answers to frequently asked questions is outlined here.

Several questions asked at the County Ground were repeated a week later at Chesterfield, in which case only one response is provided.

We’ve had a 15 man Committee for years – why do we need to change and why now?

Professional First Class county cricket clubs are now complex businesses and we need to ensure that Derbyshire has all the skills on its elected Advisory Board to manage the business in the best interests of its Members.

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Derbyshire to make Leek return

LeekThe Derbyshire versus Essex Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture on Sunday 9th June has been switched from the County Ground, Derby, to Highfield, Leek.

The match comes three years on from a thrilling contest between the same two counties at Highfield in 2010 when 547 runs were scored and Essex won by five wickets.

A Friends Life t20 fixture between Derbyshire and Warwickshire followed in 2011 when a bumper crowd witnessed the home side emerge victorious by six wickets.

No match at Leek was possible within the 2012 schedule but, with the support of Leek Cricket Club and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, county cricket is making its eagerly awaited return.

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Winners Re-united: by David Griffin

B&HWinnersThe 1993 Benson and Hedges Cup-winning Derbyshire team was re-united at the County Ground on Thursday in front of 150 members and supporters.

Derbyshire Cricket Society hosted the successful event in the Gateway Centre in association with the County Club to mark the 20th anniversary of the trophy.

Eight of the 11 players who trod the famous Lord’s turf on 10th July 1993 and defeated the highly-fancied Lancashire team were present; Chris Adams, Peter Bowler, Frank Griffith, Karl Krikken, Devon Malcolm, Ole Mortensen, Tim O’Gorman and Allan Warner. Dominic Cork was unavailable owing to work commitments.

Also present were former Derbyshire batsman, Alan Hill, who was the acting Chief Executive in 1993, Ann Brentnall, the physiotherapist, and other former players Bernie Maher and Matthew Vandrau.

Read more: Winners Re-united: by David Griffin

Derbyshire pledges support for Queen’s Park development

ChesterfieldDerbyshire County Cricket Club has supported Chesterfield Cricket Club’s decision to install a new digital scoreboard at Queen’s Park.

The venue is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque outgrounds in cricket and the club has joined the list of corporate pledges by making a donation to the fund; with £18,800 required to install the new facility.

Whilst the old scorebox has served Queen’s Park well down the years, the proposed new digital scoreboard will greatly enhance the spectator experience with a full display available for county matches and part display for club fixtures.

Chesterfield CC is hoping for 100 individual and 20 corporate pledges, which would raise £4,000 towards the £18,800 total cost.

Read more: Derbyshire pledges support for Queen’s Park development

Trio awarded Honorary Life Memberships

MartinGuptillDerbyshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the award of Honorary Life Memberships to three former players following a recent General Committee meeting.

Martin Guptill (pictured), a 25-year-old New Zealand Test batsman, joined the county in 2011 and played all formats of the game during the latter half of the season.

In 2012, he played in the first eight games of Derbyshire’s Division Two title-winning season, scoring 594 runs at an average just under 50 with two centuries and two fifties.

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Committee Governance Structure proposals – Forum date reminder and online Profiles/FAQs

ChesterfieldA reminder to all members of the dates for the upcoming forum at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, where the Committee’s Governance Structure proposals will be outlined.

At the conclusion of the forum, there will also be an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposed changes.

The Forum date is as follows:

Read more: Committee Governance Structure proposals – Forum date reminder and online Profiles/FAQs

The proposed Advisory Board: Individual Profiles

CountyGroundFollowing the proposed upgrade to the corporate governance of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, profiles of each member of the proposed six man Advisory Board are outlined here: David Griffin, Chris Grant, David Booth, Kevin Dean, Rob Tice and Sir John Gains.

Each elected Supervisory Director will be responsible for bringing independent judgment to bear on issues of strategy and business / cricket performance, thereby helping to ensure that the Supervisory Board maintains responsibility for the effective stewardship of the Club in line with Members’ interests.

The Club’s Chief Executive - Simon Storey, Finance Manager – Peter Rose and Head Coach – Karl Krikken would also sit (but not vote) on the new Supervisory Board. They would continue to be responsible for the day to day running of the Club on and off the field.

Read more: The proposed Advisory Board: Individual Profiles

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