Graeme Welch says Derbyshire will approach the new season armed with belief after an outstanding end to the 2014 campaign.
Speaking soon after the launch of the Club’s 2015 Membership campaign, Derbyshire’s Elite Performance Director is promising to reward those that join with a team to be proud of.
He said: “The Derbyshire brand of cricket in 2015 will be disciplined, organised, attritional and skilful.
“We’ve got a nucleus of home-grown local talent we can develop over the next two or three years which the Derbyshire public can identify with.
“Last year we changed the culture, changed the environment and changed the training methods.
“Players came and went and a lot of people took more-and-more responsibility as the year went on.
“They showed that they trusted the strategy and trusted the methods. It all came together in the end and it has laid the foundations for the future.”
Derbyshire’s 2015 Membership, which was launched earlier this week, includes entry to the three day tourist match versus Australia at the height of the Ashes summer.
The fixture versus Michael Clarke’s world number one side, starting at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 23rd July, is part of a 46-day summer of home cricket for Members to enjoy at less than £4 per day.
Australia boast an experienced and exciting line-up featuring the likes of paceman Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson and hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner.
Graeme Welch says the Club has been in contact with Cheteshwar Pujara regarding a potential return to The 3aaa County Ground in 2015.
India Test star Pujara featured in Derbyshire’s final three LV= County Championship fixtures in 2014, scoring 219 runs at an average of 54.75 with a top score of 100 not out.
The top-order batsman has already declared his ambition to return to the county next summer and Elite Performance Director, Welch, believes Derbyshire is the right place for him to be next summer.
He said: “We’ve spoken to him [Pujara] already and he seemed quite keen to come back. He integrated into the team brilliantly and I think he enjoyed the lads here.
“He wants to test himself in English conditions, so this is probably the best place for him.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Will Davis is pleased the hard work is coming to fruition after he was selected for the England Development Programme this winter.
The 18-year-old has been selected as part of an 18-man England Development Programme which will tour Australia and India this winter.
Davis, who was also named Academy Player of the Year at Derbyshire’s End of Season Awards Evening, is now looking forward to a productive winter away.
“I’m over the moon,” said Davis. “It’s great to get recognition for the hard work I have been doing over the past 12 months – especially after having such a difficult season last year with injuries.
“So it’s definitely been a good couple of weeks for me but I know I can’t stop working now.
Harvey Hosein’s record-breaking first-class debut versus Surrey has been voted by supporters as Derbyshire’s 2014 #ChampagneMoment.
Wicketkeeper Hosein claimed 11 catches, on debut, against Surrey in September to break the Derbyshire record for the most dismissals in a match by a wicketkeeper, beating the record previously held by Harry Elliott and Derbyshire legend Bob Taylor.
The 18-year-old's haul also equalled the world record for dismissals by a wicketkeeper on first-class debut.
It was truly a debut to remember for Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in association with the University of Derby – graduate who the week previous signed his first professional contract at the Club, committing his future to Derbyshire until the end of 2016.
The performance gained national coverage and Derbyshire supporters have decided that Hosein deserves the award of Derbyshire 2014 ‘Champagne Moment’.
Wayne Madsen is targeting a repeat of Derbyshire’s fine recent form in 2015 - but this time right from the start of the season, after the Membership for the 2015 season was launched.
The 2015 summer of cricket is now on sale and the Derbyshire skipper is vowing to reward Members with a tough, relentless and aggressive brand of cricket.
The Derbyshire skipper believes his young team will take great belief from their form during the second half of the 2014 campaign and are aiming to start the new season with a bang.
Madsen said: “We’ll back each other and be fearless. We’ll keep coming at teams and we’ll be tough to play against.
“If you look at the games we won in 2014, we’ve had to hang tough, stay in the game and keep taking blows.
“There’s a belief from what we’ve done during the second half of 2014. That will bode well going into next season and I hope the members share our belief.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has announced its Membership prices for the 2015 season and all categories are now on sale.
The pricing includes the chance to make savings of £15 prior to the 31st January Early Bird deadline, by which time the £700,000 renovation of the exclusive Members’ facilities in the Lund Pavilion will be well underway for completion ahead of the new season.
The price of Full Adult Membership is £180 prior to the deadline and those that join will enjoy better Members’ facilities at The 3aaa County Ground than ever before.
Membership includes entry at 46 days of home Derbyshire cricket; including the three day match versus Australia on 23-25 July.
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.
In an in-depth three part interview with derbyshireccc.com, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch looks back at the 2014 season. In the final part, we look at the 2014 LV= County Championship campaign.
Graeme Welch says his squad can take huge confidence from the way they finished the 2014 LV= County Championship season and insists there’s a renewed belief as planning begins for 2015.
Despite a tough start, Derbyshire ended the 2014 campaign as the country’s in-form side; winning five out of their last six four-day fixtures to secure fourth place in Division Two.
Paceman Mark Footitt led the way with the ball ending the season as the country’s leading wicket taker with 82 Championship wickets at 19.12, earning him a call-up to the England Performance Programme this winter.
Captain Wayne Madsen finished the campaign as Derbyshire’s leading run scorer, hitting 1,000 Championship runs for a second successive season finishing with 1,046 runs.
Welch was pleased with the county’s strong finish to 2014 and hopes the momentum can carry through to next summer.
In an in-depth three-part interview with derbyshireccc.com, Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch looks back at the 2014 season. In part two, we look at the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
Graeme Welch says everyone in the dressing room can be proud of a great Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
The Falcons overturned a minus two point deficit to qualify from Group A and reach the quarter-finals of a one-day competition for the first time since 2005.
The campaign saw back-to-back centuries for Captain Wayne Madsen, which included his maiden List A ton, plus two hundreds for opener Wes Durston. Paceman Mark Footitt, meanwhile, led the way with the ball claiming 15 wickets, including best figures of 5-59.
Derbyshire claimed four victories in all, including a thrilling win over Gloucestershire in front of the Sky Sports cameras at The 3aaa County Ground to secure their place in the last eight.
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