The Club experienced its biggest day of Membership sales on Monday following the coveted signing of New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill for the first part of the 2015 season.
Membership figures for the 2015 season are up 21 per cent compared to this time last year – and there is still time for supporters to grab Membership at discounted Early Bird prices prior to the 1st February deadline.
Supporters can purchase full adult Membership at the discounted Early Bird price of £180 and those that join will enjoy better Members’ facilities at The 3aaa County Ground than ever before, with the Club investing over £1million on the renovation of the exclusive facilities in the Lund Pavilion.
Further discounts remain in place for students, senior citizens, adults aged 16-21 and those living more than 20 miles from The 3aaa County Ground.
Wayne Madsen and Graeme Welch have spoken about the Club’s overseas strategy after securing the coveted signature of New Zealand international Martin Guptill.
Guptill will be available for Derbyshire’s first six LV= County Championship fixtures and three NatWest T20 Blast matches in 2015.
Captain Madsen says he’s excited to welcome back Guptill to The 3aaa County Ground and hopes he can, once again, help the county get off to a flyer.
“I remember clearly in that first game of the season Guppy hitting Chaminda Vaas over the marquee for six in the first over,” Madsen said.
“That kind of set the tone for the whole season. The aggressive, positive way he played at the top of the order gave belief to the whole squad.
Derbyshire have landed the coveted signature of Kiwi ace Martin Guptill as overseas player for the early part of the 2015 season.
The top-order batsman will be available for the opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their One-Day International (ODI) series versus England.
He last toured England in 2013, ending the three-match ODI series as the leading run scorer with 330 runs, which included two centuries; a spectacular unbeaten 189 off 155 balls at the Ageas Bowl and 103 off 123 balls at Lord’s.
The 28-year-old is making a fond return to The 3aaa County Ground after enjoying successful spells with the Club in 2011 and 2012, during which he scored 1,131 first-class runs at an average of 43.50, including three centuries.
It may be mid-winter, but the announcement of the signing of Martin Guptill and real signs of progress with the ground development project indicates that the season isn't too far away.
After several months of essential - but not exactly eye-catching - work, the sight greeting visitors to The 3aaa County Ground at Derby today was one which finally gave some idea of what the finished article will look like.
Although massive improvements in the Gateway will provide the cricket staff with state of the art facilities, the Pavilion is the building which will most interest members and visitors, and the smart, new entrance atrium is now almost complete.
The external cladding is in place and the roof has been linked to the existing roof and presents an impressive facade. The Club name and logo will be added, and lit at night for added effect.
New Zealand international Martin Guptill has joined Derbyshire as overseas player for the first part of the 2015 season – we look at his career in numbers.
The top-order batsman will be available for the opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their one-day series versus England in June.
Guptill is an experienced international appearing in 31 Tests, 96 ODIs and 48 T20Is for New Zealand since making his debut in 2009, scoring over 6,000 runs.
Here is a brief look at Guptill by numbers.
New Zealand international Martin Guptill returns to Derbyshire for his third spell with the Club – we look back at his highlights, so far, in a Derbyshire shirt.
The 28-year-old is making a fond return to The 3aaa County Ground after enjoying successful stints with the Club in 2011 and 2012, during which he scored 1,131 first-class runs at an average of 43.50, including three centuries.
We revisit a few of Guptill’s standout performances for the county ahead of his return in 2015.
Supporters can now vote to fill the Pace Bowler positions in our 21st Century Derbyshire First-Class XI.
As we countdown to the Membership Early Bird deadline on February 1st – which offers savings of £15 on Membership –the Club is collating a Derbyshire first-class XI made up of players who have represented the county from the year 2000 onwards.
From Monday 26 to 9am on Saturday 31 January, supporters can vote to fill the final positions in our #DCCCXI - the PACE BOWLERS. Supporters can vote via Twitter, Facebook and email.
The players shortlisted are:
Supporters have voted David Wainwright as the Spin Bowler in our 21st Century Derbyshire First-Class XI.
As we countdown to the Membership Early Bird Deadline on February 1st – which offers savings of £15 on Membership – the Club is collating a Derbyshire First-Class XI made up of players who have represented the county from the year 2000 onwards.
From Friday 23 to 12noon on Sunday 25 January, supporters were asked to vote for the Spin Bowler.
Wainwright accumulated 42% of the votes to take his spot in the XI, narrowly beating current Elite Performance Coach Ant Botha.
Graeme Welch says Derbyshire paceman Mark Footitt remains part of England’s plan with a busy year of international cricket ahead.
Footitt was the country’s leading wicket taker in 2014 claiming 106 wickets in all competitions, the most by a Derbyshire bowler since Brian Jackson and Harold Rhodes in 1965.
Despite the left-arm paceman’s standout campaign and a successful England Performance Programme camp in December, the 29-year-old missed out on selection for the recent England Lions tour to South Africa.
Nevertheless, Elite Performance Director Welch says Footitt still remains in the England selectors’ thoughts.
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