Derbyshire have signed experienced Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan who will spend two spells with the Club during the 2015 season.
The top order batsman will take over the overseas berth from New Zealand international Martin Guptill and be available for up to four NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and two LV= County Championship matches in June, before leaving for the Caribbean Premier League.
He will return at the beginning of August for the remainder of the season and be available to play in every Derbyshire match in August and September as the county look for a strong finish to the 2015 campaign in all three competitions.
Dilshan is a vastly experienced international who has competed in 87 Tests for Sri Lanka, scoring 5,492 runs at an average of 40.98 and a high score of 193.
His ODI record is equally impressive hitting 9,796 runs in 312 matches, at an average of 39.82 and a highest score of 161 not out.
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Join fellow members of the 1870 Business Club – and Marketing Derby bondholders - for a pre-season breakfast on Tuesday 31March 2015 and gain a unique behind-the-scenes insight into the players’ preparations for the new season and be the first members of the Business community to experience the city’s newest events facility.
We will hear from Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and Club Captain Wayne Madsen into how the team is preparing to turn an outstanding second half of the 2014 season into a successful campaign from-the-off in 2015.
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The 1870 Business Club itinerary for 2015 has been confirmed and Commercial Director Ryan Duckett is looking to build on the existing business network of 80 local Derbyshire companies.
With £1million being invested in new corporate facilities, Duckett is promising a premium experience for Hospitality, non-match day events and at the now established programme of 1870 Business Club networking events.
There will be a total of six 1870 Business Club Teas throughout the season, book-ended by two Lunches in the first and final LV= County Championship fixtures of the season.
Hospitality highlights, meanwhile, include the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Nottinghamshire, the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket and the three day tour match versus Australia.
Mark Footitt hopes his selection for the England Performance Programme will act as a platform as he targets an England Lions tour in the New Year.
Footitt has enjoyed his best season to date, claiming 100 wickets in all competitions at an average of 20, which has earned him his call-up to the ECB England Performance Programme in South Africa this winter.
“It’s been a good year and it’s nice to get recognition for that with a place on the England Performance Programme in South Africa,” Footitt said.
“It’s an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get out there. I’ve given myself the best chance and I’m thrilled to be selected and recognised for my efforts this year.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in really yet. I was told yesterday morning and I was – naturally – thrilled, but I had to concentrate on the match with Leicestershire.
Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that words of encouragement from partner Billy Godleman helped him play a match winning role against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Pujara ended unbeaten on 90 from just 105 balls during an unbroken 154-run partnership with centurion Billy Godleman (104 not out) as Graeme Welch’s men chased down 251 to seal their fourth LV= County Championship win in five fixtures.
“I thought about it yesterday when we had to chase 251 and thought this was the perfect time to come forward,” Pujara said.
“I was batting really well in the nets, to be honest, it was just that I was not getting a start.
“When I went in, I was timing the ball well and there wasn’t much swing, so I thought if I play my natural game and if the ball is there, I will just go for it.
Graeme Welch says Derbyshire are playing good cricket and are therefore in confident mood ahead of the Royal London One-Day Cup clash versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground this coming Thursday; 2pm start.
Derbyshire sit second in Group A, a point behind early leaders Gloucestershire, after securing victories in their opening two fixtures – against Hampshire and Leicestershire – before rain prevented hopes of making it three from three last Thursday away at Worcestershire.
"We were bitterly disappointed," Welch said speaking after the no result at New Road.
"We played some good cricket again and restricted them to probably 10-15 under par on a decent wicket. We thought the wicket was worse than it was but the lads said it was actually a good pitch.
"I would have fancied us chasing that down.
"We said before the game we owed Worcestershire one because they beat us twice in the t20 and in the Championship, when we weren't playing our best cricket. We have come here and we were the better team on the day.
Wayne Madsen has been pleased with his and the teams start in the Royal London One-Day Cup and hopes their good start can continue versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground next Thursday (7 August); 2pm start.
Derbyshire have begun the rebranded tournament in ideal fashion, having convincingly defeated both Hampshire and Leicestershire, by 136 runs and seven wickets respectively, in their opening two fixtures, before rain forced no result in the clash versus Worcestershire.
Captain Madsen has played a leading role in their early-competition success, hitting his maiden List A century in the opening match versus Hampshire, before backing it with a second the next day against Leicestershire.
"I feel great – not necessarily because of the hundreds but because we have played well," said Madsen.
"We have got ourselves into the habit of winning by taking the momentum we had from the last two Championship games and carrying it into the new competition.
"We set this up in Abu Dhabi in the pre-season – how we wanted to go about batting and bowling – and spoke about them again this week and have carried out our plans both times. It's extremely rewarding to do that.
Graeme Welch spoke of his pride and love for the Club after returning to Derbyshire as the new Elite Cricket Performance Director.
The 41-year-old was installed as the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure yesterday.
He returns to the Club where he was capped as a player in 2001, appointed Captain in 2006 and bestowed a benefit year in 2007.
“It feels really good to be back at Derbyshire,” Welch said.
“I love it here. It doesn’t seem like two minutes I’ve been away, to be honest and I have fond memories of playing here.
"I’ve always had it in mind that Derbyshire was somewhere I wanted to return to. There seems to be a good vibe around the place and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.
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