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PREVIEW: Derbyshire back in LV=CC action versus Worcestershire

#DERvWORAfter a successful Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, Derbyshire return to LV= County Championship action when they face table-topping Worcestershire at The 3aaa County Ground starting on Sunday 31 August; 11am start. 

Graeme Welch's have won their last two Championship fixtures, against Gloucestershire and Glamorgan in July, and have since enjoyed a good run in the Royal London One-Day Cup competition which was ended at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday. 

Derbyshire are now back in red-ball action with the visit of Daryl Mitchell's Worcestershire side.  

After recently re-signing for the county on loan until the end of the season, Wayne White is in line to make his first appearance for Derbyshire since 2008, while batsman Chesney Hughes has also returned to a 13-man four-day squad. 

The Pears have enjoyed a successful 2014 campaign to date, and sit 25 points clear at the top of Division Two. 

Cricket Derbyshire will be honouring former Chairman and President Trevor Bowring who passed away on Saturday 23 August, with a minute's silence before play commences.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Members' Forum will take place in the Gateway Centre on Day One of the fixture, from 1.30pm, where Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch, Chairman Chris Grant, Chief Executive Simon Storey and Administration Director Jason Fage will be present to answer questions. 

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Cotton signs professional contract

BenCottonBen Cotton has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire, committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season. 

The 20-year-old has progressed to the first team from the Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby - making six appearances to date and taking six wickets.

A tall right-arm fast-medium bowler hailing from Staffordshire, Cotton was named Academy Player of the Year in 2013 and has been a regular in the Second XI for the last three seasons. 

Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “Our plan for bringing future success revolves around proven match-winners alongside home-grown talent.

“With that in mind, it’s great to have a number of Academy graduates breaking into the squad.

“The next step is to work with these guys and helping them push onto the next level and start getting in the frame for England honours.

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Derbyshire to host Members' Forum

MembersForumThe Club is hosting a Members’ Forum at The 3aaa County Ground on Day One of the LV= County Championship fixture versus Worcestershire, on Sunday 31 August; 1.30pm to approximately 2.15pm.

Derbyshire CCC Members are invited to attend the forum, on the top floor of the Gateway Centre, which will see Chief Executive Simon Storey and Administration Director Jason Fage address the members and take questions in relation to ground development.

Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch will join the forum directly after making his lunchtime address to the team and will be available for questions regarding on-field matters, while Chairman Chris Grant will also be available for questions. 

The service of Lunch in the Lund Pavilion will be extended to between 12noon and 2.30pm in order to ensure that members can dine as well as attending the forum.

Player of the Year places available for members

PlayeroftheYearA limited number of places, priced at £45, are available – to Derbyshire County Cricket Club Members – for the Player of the Year Awards Evening on Saturday 27 September.

The otherwise sold out event, in the Old Speckled Hen Marquee at The 3aaa County Ground, will see the Derbyshire players, their families – and the Club’s key sponsors – celebrate the achievements of individuals during the 2014 season.

Top and tailed by a three course meal and disco, the evening will see the presentation of awards for performances in each of the three competitions as well as the most improved player, performances on the Club’s Academy and the prestigious Overall Player of the Year Award.

Members of the Bob Taylor Executive Club are entitled to one complimentary ticket and priority booking for a guest.

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BTEC Cricket course an exciting new option for post-16 education

SportAcademyYoungsters aged 16-19 can apply today to be enrolled on the inaugural Cricket Derbyshire Sport Academy for the new term, starting this September. 

The new course, delivered in partnership between Cricket Derbyshire and Derby College, provides a robust education option for teenagers with an interest in cricket.

The course will include opportunities to use Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s elite training facilities – and receive coaching and training sessions from professional Cricket Derbyshire coaches.

Delivery will include:

·         Technical and tactical coaching.

·         Psychological, physiological and lifestyle management.

·         Additional cricket related coaching or officiating qualifications.

·         Health and fitness programme.

The development of playing skills and coaching is the key aspect of the programme, which will enable a clear route through to higher level study such as University, or possible employment opportunities within sport.

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Second XI enjoy good second day at Denby

MattHigginbottomAcademy graduate Matt Higginbottom and current Academy member Will Davis took three wickets apiece as Derbyshire Second XI gained a first innings lead over Yorkshire on Day Two of the Championship fixture at Denby. 

The hosts dismissed Yorkshire for 185 to secure a lead of 24, with trialist Matthew Critchley (2-15) and Greg Cork (2-13), who recently signed a two-year professional contract, taking two wickets each. 

At the close of play, Derbyshire had extended their lead to 99 without losing a second innings wicket, closing on 75-0. 

Beginning day two on 62-3, Yorkshire set about trying to get close to Derbyshire's first innings tally of 209. However, they lost an early wicket when Cork trapped visiting captain Will Rhodes in front for 32. 

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Poynton rehab progressing well

TomPoyntonDerbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton says his rehabilitation is progressing well and he is on track to enjoy a full pre-season ahead of the 2015 campaign. 

During his time on the sideline, Poynton has been working within the Club as Partnerships Manager and played a significant role in setting the up the recently-launched Cricket Derbyshire India Club. 

Poynton is now looking forward to joining back up with his teammates and getting back on the field, starting with pre-season at the beginning of November. 

"My leg is going very well," Poynton said. "I'm progressing well in terms of my rehab; I've had no set-backs along the way and hopefully I'll be fully fit by November.

"The aim is to have a full pre-season. The guys are back in for pre-season on November 4, so if I can be fully functional by that time to participate in all the activities then that would be brilliant.

"Being back with the lads and playing cricket is what I'm striving towards at the moment. 

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Voting open for Members' Player of the Year

GuardofHonourMembers can now cast their vote for Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Members' Player of the Year for 2014.

Ballot boxes and voting forms can be found at both the Gateway Centre Main Reception and inside the Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop at The 3aaa County Ground. 

Votes can also be cast by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrive no later than Tuesday 23 September. All votes must include the Member's name and Membership number to be valid.

Voting will remain open until lunchtime on Wednesday 24 September, Day Two versus Leicestershire at The 3aaa County Ground.

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Hosein leads Second XI fightback versus Yorkshire

HarveyHoseinYoung wicketkeeper batsman Harvey Hosein scored 64 as Derbyshire Second XI posted 209 batting first on Day One of the Championship against Yorkshire Second XI at Denby.

Matt Higginbottom (3-16) then took all three wickets to restrict Yorkshire to 62-3 at the close of play on reply. Fresh from signing for the county on loan until the end of the season, Wayne White made a quick-fire 24, before going for only four runs from his three overs at the end of the day.

Derbyshire Second XI captain Tom Knight lost the toss and was asked to bat first by the visiting captain William Rhodes. The hosts lost Ben Slater, Evans, Chesney Hughes and Scott Elstone early on with the later three all falling to the bowling on Moin Ashraf.

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