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Council leader enjoys India Club Diwali celebrations

Diwali EventDerby City Council Leader Ranjit Banwait was a guest of the Cricket Derbyshire India Club on Friday evening as over 300 people celebrated Diwali in the Marquee at The 3aaa County Ground.

The sell-out event, also attended by Deputy Leader Martin Rawson and Sinfin & Osmaston Labour Councillor Baggy Shanker, was the latest success for The Cricket Derbyshire India Club; a concept that earned an ECB Business of Cricket Award nomination in the Innovation category on Thursday.

A number of Derbyshire first team players were present for the Diwali event, along with Chief Executive Simon Storey and – representing the Club’s Principal Partner & Ground Sponsor 3aaa Aspire Achieve Advance – Peter Marples.

Councillor Banwait said: "It's been a fantastic evening. It's a great honour for me to be here.

"There is a strong partnership between Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Cricket Club."

The India Club, led by Tom Poynton and comprising eight British-Indian community leaders, now has two sell-out dinners to its credit following An Audience with Ravi Shastri in July.

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Footitt travels to South Africa for EPP camp

MarkFootittPaceman Mark Footitt travelled to South Africa on Friday for the start of the three week England Performance Programme (EPP) Fast Bowling camp. 

At the camp, held in Potchefstroom, Footitt will be coached by EPP Lead Fast Bowling Coach Kevin Shine and England Fast Bowling Coach Ottis Gibson.

The camp concludes on 10 December when Footitt will re-join his Derbyshire teammates at The 3aaa County Ground as preparations for the 2015 season continue. 

Footitt said: “I’m excited by the prospect of the England Performance Programme. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in, learning and hopefully developing my game a little bit more.

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Fixture Countdown #6: Slater centuries help seal record win

Ben SlaterWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

Today we look back at Derbyshire’s record LV= County Championship victory over Leicestershire in the final game of the 2014 season.

Opening batsman Ben Slater was the star man as the 23-year-old hit consecutive tons to record his maiden and second first-class centuries. He became the first Derbyshire-born player since Chris Adams in 1996 to hit two hundreds in a first-class match and only the 15th in the Club’s history.

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Derbyshire legends attend inaugural Exiles' Dinner at Lord's

DerbyshireExilesOver 100 guests, including a host of Derbyshire legends, dined in the historic Long Room at Lord’s on Wednesday evening to celebrate the launch of the Derbyshire Exiles.

The event, sponsored by Principal Partner & Ground Sponsor 3aaa - Aspire, Achieve, Advance, brought together supporters from across the country within the most evocative four walls in cricket. 

Proceeds from the Exiles’ Dinner will go to the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) which delivers community projects benefiting health, education and social inclusion across Derbyshire.

A list of household Derbyshire names attended the prestigious event at the Home of Cricket, including Bob Taylor MBE, master of ceremonies Dominic Cork, guest speaker Geoff Miller OBE and the Benson & Hedges Cup winning duo Devon Malcolm and Chris Adams.

Other former Derbyshire players in attendance included James Pipe (Lead Physiotherapist), Kevin Dean (Cricket Advisory Director), Tim O’Gorman, Matthew Vandrau and Graeme Welch (Elite Performance Director).

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Fixture Countdown #7: Derbyshire overcome Gloucestershire

Tom TaylorWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

Today we look back at Derbyshire’s win over Gloucestershire at Cheltenham in the LV= County Championship.

West Indies Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul led his side to a thrilling victory on the final day, hitting an unbeaten 52 including a six to win the match.

It was also a momentous game for Tom Taylor who took his maiden first-class five-wicket haul to reduce Gloucestershire to 356 in their first innings.

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3aaa awarded Outstanding by Ofsted

3aaaDerbyshire CCC Principal Sponsor & Ground Sponsor 3aaa – Aspire, Achieve, Advance has been award Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding in their first inspection.

Peter Marples, Founder, said:We are absolutely delighted to have achieved Grade 1 – Outstanding, the highest possible across all areas of the business, in our first Ofsted Inspection. 

“This is indeed a reflection of the sheer dedication, hard work and commitment of everyone; staff, employers and partners – we are so proud.”

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Fixture Countdown #8: Falcons crush Foxes

Leicester WinWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

In at number eight is Derbyshire’s victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road as the Falcons started the new 50-over competition with back-to-back wins.

Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen (105*), who the day previous hit his maiden List A century, struck his second successive ton as Graeme Welch’s men successfully chased down 249 in 45.1 overs.

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Ground Development Blog #4: Progress continues

GroundDevelopmentIt’s still early days, but like a slow start to spring, progress is now just starting to be visible in this first stage of ground development.

The new roof insulation is being installed in the pavilion, no small task as there is an area of some 500 square metres to be insulated to ensure that the air conditioning functions efficiently, but this work should conclude at the start of next week. 

The brickwork has started on the new pavilion entrance, the lift pit is in place and the first series of new drains have been installed.

Also, other basic infrastructure – the mechanical and electrical first fix, in contractor parlance – is also being put in place.

It doesn’t sound too exciting, but this initial work is crucial and will underpin the overall project.

Over in the Gateway, the substructure for the dressing rooms is now complete on the first floor and the floor will be installed over the course of the coming week.

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Fixtures Countdown #9: Glamorgan put to the sword at Derby

Mark FootittWe’re counting down ten Matches to Remember from the 2014 season as we build-up to the 2015 fixtures release date, on Thursday 27 November at 10.30am.

Today, we look back at Derbyshire’s victory against Glamorgan in the LV= County Championship at The 3aaa County Ground, as the host’s bowling attack blew away their visitors inside three days.

Graeme Welch’s men claimed victory on the third morning to record a six-wicket win and their second successive red-ball win.

Mark Footitt claimed eight wickets in the match alongside Alex Hughes’ career-best figures of 4-46 in the first innings as the Derbyshire attack put Glamorgan to the sword.

Read more: Fixtures Countdown #9: Glamorgan put to the sword at Derby

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