After achieving promotion to the LV= County Championship First Division as Champions back in September, the Club has set a target of £250,000 of incremental revenue to ready themselves for the challenge of competing at the highest level.
With key members of the title winning squad now committed to long-term contracts, the recruitment of a world-class overseas player remains a very important priority for Karl Krikken’s men ahead of the new campaign.
Former Derbyshire Academy pair Danielle Wyatt (pictured) and Georgia Elwiss will be on the plane to India in February having been selected for the 15-strong England squad for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup.
Wyatt and Elwiss will be part of an England side looking to defend their title in the 50 over format; having won the competition in Sydney back in 2009.
Wyatt was part of the ICC World T20 squad that reached the Final in Sri Lanka in October, however it will be the 21-year-old’s first experience of an ICC World Cup.
This means that full membership equates to just £3.20 a day for all days of cricket at the County Ground and Queen’s Park, including next year’s tourist match against New Zealand.
For those unable to attend regularly, the club has announced a new Six Pack ticket at just £55, which can be used for absolutely any six days of the 2013 season regardless of the competition.
Madsen was at the County Ground on Friday afternoon to sign the back of the first 50 DVD covers printed and these will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
The DVD , in association with Sky Sports, includes Sky’s excellent pre-match analysis as well as highlights of all four days of the momentous win that sealed the LV=County Championship Division Two title.
The DVD also includes an introduction from Madsen as well as the post-match reaction and celebrations as initially broadcast by Sky Sports.
The Council has the task of saving £63m over the next three years and, as a result, funding for sports facilities in and around the city could be scaled back.
Council plans include asking sports clubs using local facilities to contribute to the upkeep of grounds, with the likes of Markeaton Park, King George V Fields, Parkers Piece and Chellaston Park all potentially affected.
Supporters purchasing their membership by the end of January will benefit from an across the board price freeze with increases of up to £15 only taking effect on 1st February.
Discounts remain in place for students, senior citizens and those living more than 20 miles from the County Ground.
Krikken, who has been asked by the ECB to fulfil the position of Specialist Wicketkeeping Coach on the tour, will return to the UK on December 17th.
The EPP squad - made up of developing young England prospects and including the likes of upcoming Test stars James Taylor and Jade Dernbach - will carry out an extensive training programme as well as playing matches in Mumbai and Pune during their time on the subcontinent.
Karl Krikken’s men, who were promoted to the First Division as champions in September, will start their LV= County Championship campaign with back-to-back away fixtures versus Warwickshire and Middlesex.
Then, starting on Wednesday 24th April, the East Midlands battle lines will be drawn as Derbyshire face Nottinghamshire in a four day fixture for the first time since 2007.
As counties work hard to assemble their squads for the 2013 campaign, Jake Needham takes a look at the ins and outs on the county circuit so far.
The month after the close of the domestic season is the period for many professional cricketers to nurse aching bodies, take their significant others away on a well-earned holiday and spend inordinate amounts of time and money at local golf courses attempting to shave a shot or two from their handicaps.
However for players looking to move counties or having moves foisted upon them, the months after the final ball of the season has been delivered can be a hectic and chaotic one. Autumn 2012 has proved no different with plenty of players pledging and shifting allegiances already.
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