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Fixtures Countdown #2: Falcons score big win over Hampshire

Durston and MadsenWe’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.

Our penultimate Match to Remember is Derbyshire’s comprehensive victory over Hampshire in the first match of the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup.

Both Wayne Madsen – his maiden List A ton – and Wes Durston struck centuries in a 222-run partnership that saw Derbyshire post a formidable total of 340-5 from their 50 overs.

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VIDEO: Madsen targeting quick start in 2015

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen is hoping the squad can maintain the form shown at the end of the 2014 campaign as they target a quick start to the new season.

Graeme Welch’s men finished the season by winning five out their last six LV= County Championship fixtures to finish fourth in Division Two.

Preparations for the new season have already begun at The 3aaa County Ground and Madsen believes, with the pre-season schedule in place, Derbyshire can start well in 2015.

“Pre-season has been good,” Madsen said. “It’s great that the whole squad is back together. We are all motivated to get ourselves fit and ready for the season, although it seems a long way off.

“I can’t fault the training that we’ve been doing so far; it’s excellent. The coaches have set out a great programme for us and the boys are making the most of it and really putting in the hard yards.

Read more: VIDEO: Madsen targeting quick start in 2015

Fixtures Countdown #3: Record win at the Kia Oval

Billy GodlemanWe’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 review Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship win versus Surrey Graeme Welch’s men completed their highest ever successful run chase against the London-based side.

Billy Godleman’s first century for the Club led Derbyshire to victory alongside a brilliant unbeaten 90 from India Test star Cheteshwar Pujara.

Read more: Fixtures Countdown #3: Record win at the Kia Oval

Fixtures Countdown #4: Falcons defeat T20 champions at Derby

WesDurstonWe’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 thrilling victory over the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast winners, Birmingham Bears, at The 3aaa County Ground.

A brutal half-century from all-rounder Wes Durston helped Derbyshire complete their highest ever successful run-chase in Twenty20 cricket.

Durston hit 53 off just 21 balls, included 5 fours and 4 sixes, while Wayne Madsen added 42 and Alex Hughes struck 24 off 10 balls, as the Falcons chased down 190 with six balls remaining.

Read more: Fixtures Countdown #4: Falcons defeat T20 champions at Derby

New date available for Christmas Parties at The 3aaa County Ground

ChristmasPartiesDue to heavy demand, the Club has added an extra date to its list of popular Christmas Parties at The 3aaa County Ground as we make the beautiful Marquee sparkle for one of our elegant Snow Balls.

The Snow Ball in the Marquee on Saturday 6 December has now become available. Demand is high so book soon to avoid disappointment.

The event starts with champagne on arrival, before guests are transported to a magical wonderland for a traditional Christmas three-course dinner, choosing from our delightful a la carte menu.

The enchanted evening will be complemented by live entertainment and conclude with a disco.

If you're organising your Christmas party this year, you can be confident of enjoying a fun-filled evening at The 3aaa County Ground. 

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Fixtures Countdown #5: Durston heroics seals final day win

WesDurstonWe’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 thrilling final day victory against Worcestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.

After three evenly fought days, Captain Wayne Madsen set the final day alight top-scoring with 98 to help set the visitors 268 to win with a little under two sessions remaining.

Derbyshire made the ideal start claiming three early wickets before Wes Durston took over to tear through Worcestershire’s middle order and put the hosts in the ascendancy. The off-break bowler claimed figures of 5-19 off 13 overs as the visitors slipped from 73-3 to 97-8.

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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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