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Sri Lanka Blogs Days 3, 4 and 5 – Mark Turner, Dan Redfern and Tom Poynton

MarkTurnerDay 3 - Mark Turner

BREAKING NEWS: ITV have cancelled any future plans to have Dan Redfern on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after eating the caterpillar found in Jonno's broccoli last night.

What a way to finish day 2, anyway onto day 3...

Same time start for the boys, 8am leave from the hotel to get to the ground for a solid 3 hour training session from 9-12.

You know when you're standing getting ready to train, and you’re just dripping with sweat, that it’s going to be a tough day. And that's exactly how it panned out. The humidity is ridiculous, unbearable at times, but I guess those hard conditions make for a tough practising environment which is what we want.

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Cricket Derbyshire unveils new duo

Derbyshire have captured the headlines with their on-field recruitment in recent weeks; but the recently recruited off-field duo of Ryan Duckett and Andrew Bowley could prove equally important.

The pair will help Derbyshire make unprecedented strides in the level of engagement with local communities across the county according to Chief Executive Simon Storey and Head of Development Howard Dytham.

Following the recent alignment of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the Derbyshire Cricket Board under the umbrella of Cricket Derbyshire, the two organisations have pledged a consistent approach to the development of cricket from recreational level through to the professional game.

Duckett, who was responsible for the award-winning Bradford Bulls Community Foundation, will take on the newly inaugurated position of Director of Fundraising and Partnerships. His remit includes providing a self-funding and sustainable profile in the community; increasing public and private sector revenue and harnessing the power of cricket to make a positive impact on communities across Derbyshire.

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Sri Lanka Blogs Day 1 and 2 - Richard Johnson and Tom Knight

Sri Lanka NetsDay 1  - Richard Johnson

So here it is; my first trip away as a Derbyshire player.

Exciting times ahead and Sri Lanka is the destination, where we undertake a 10 day training camp learning to play against spin in tough sub-continental conditions.

However, the first battle ahead is the ridiculously long journey, including a testing 14 hour wait in Mumbai airport... How will we cope?!

I was thinking before the start of this tour: "how on earth can I make a big impression on the lads during my time away? How can I stand out above the rest and really make an impact?" 

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Derbyshire contingent arrives in Sri Lanka

Captain Wayne Madsen is leading a seven-strong party to Sri Lanka as Derbyshire’s preparations for the 2013 campaign continue.

Madsen is joined by Tom Poynton, Richard Johnson, Dan Redfern, Tony Palladino, Mark Turner and Tom Knight as the group hone their skills, focussing on spin bowling and the turning ball, in testing sub-continental conditions.

The ten day trip comes after six Derbyshire players enjoyed a successful trip to India in January of last year.

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club Strategy 2013-2019

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has released its strategic six-point plan with the aim of inspiring ambition and purpose by promoting cricket in Derbyshire.

Highlights of the ambitious plans include a potential £2.5million development of the County Ground and the formation of a Management Board encompassing the requisite skills to take the Club forward.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The aim of this six-point strategy is to deliver cricketing success supported by long-term business sustainability and financial security. It builds on the nine-point cricket strategy announced by Chairman Chris Grant in July 2011.

“Our primary objective as an off-the-field team is to engage effectively with sponsors, members, supporters, conference customers and the wider community of Derbyshire.

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Yorkshire Bank takes over title sponsorship of domestic 40 over competition

YB40The ECB has today announced that Yorkshire Bank will become the new title sponsor of the domestic 40-over competition: the Yorkshire Bank 40.

Yorkshire Bank will continue its long-term support of domestic cricket together with its parent, Clydesdale Bank. The involvement of both Banks with the ECB stretches back to 2005 and Yorkshire Bank will take over the naming rights of the competition, which Clydesdale Bank has partnered since 2010.

The Yorkshire Bank 40 is one of three competitions making up the 2013 domestic season (LV= County Championship and Friends Life t20 completing the line-up), and the only one with a final at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The Yorkshire Bank 40 is designed to appeal to sport-loving families, and with the majority of matches taking place on Sunday afternoons it will continue to be a regular weekend fixture throughout the summer.

Read more: Yorkshire Bank takes over title sponsorship of domestic 40 over competition answers the call

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has secured a major shirt sponsorship deal ahead of the 2013 season., the UK's No.1 online mobile phone retailer, is already a sponsor of Derby County Football Club, and will now be displayed on the front of Derbyshire’s Friends Life t20 shirts.

As well as giving the Alfreton-based company all-year-round publicity through televised national sport, the partnership announcement comes hot on the heels of Chairman Chris Grant’s call to local businesses and the signing of world number two Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

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Derbyshire boosted by Membership success


A magnificent response to the "Proud to be Derbyshire" membership campaign has helped Derbyshire register their 1,000th adult member for 2013.

Membership revenue is showing a whopping 101% increase on the corresponding date last year following promotion as champions to LV= County Championship Division One and the signing of the world's number two Test batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The total figure for 2012 has already been trumped including 201 new members and 799 renewals to date who took advantage of an early bird incentive.

364 Juniors took advantage of free membership prior to 1st February to join and, with 132 Life Members, the club currently boasts a running total of 1,497 Members.

The Ambassador Initiative, which incentivises current Members to assist in recruitment with £50 cash back, has already reached its half-century and remains open to old and new members.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Such impressive Membership results at such an early stage reflect a fantastic response from the Derbyshire public as we prepare for the new season.

“We are heading into the new season with a huge sense of ambition and we're keen to share our journey with as many people as possible across the county of Derbyshire.

"The eagerly awaited first home game of the season is against Nottinghamshire at the end of April and we expect to welcome many more members to the Club in the coming weeks.

"There is immense pride at the prospect of Derbyshire representing the county at the highest level of English cricket and there has never been a better time to get involved with the Club.”

A full season's membership at Derbyshire giving unlimited access to all matches at Derby and Chesterfield costs just £175 whilst the new 6 pack ticket giving access to any six games at either venue costs only £55. Discounts are available for; senior citizens, NUS Card holding students, young adults aged 16-21 and those living more than 20 miles from the County Ground.

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Strength and Conditioning Coach vacancy

An exciting opportunity to develop your S&C in a dynamic, professional environment as a member of an ambitious team committed to achieving sustainable success for Cricket Derbyshire on and off the field.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club (DCCC) is one of only eighteen first-class counties and represents the City of Derby and wider County of Derbyshire on the national professional cricketing stage. The team was recently promoted as Champions to Division 1 of the LV= County Championship and boasts an exciting young squad augmented by senior professional players.

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