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Madsen to lay wreath at National War Memorial Arboretum

Poppy WreathDerbyshire captain Wayne Madsen will lay a Cricket Derbyshire poppy wreath at the National War Memorial Arboretum on Remembrance Sunday (November 9).

The year 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of World War One and representatives of Cricket Derbyshire, including Madsen – and Chief Executive Simon Storey at Derby Cathedral – will lay wreathes as a mark of respect for those that lost their lives.

Wreathes will also be laid by First XI scorer John Brown in Kilburn, Amber Valley; Regional Representative Mike Haynes in Erewash and Vice-President Brigadier Edward Wilkinson at Hartington in the Derbyshire Dales.

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World War One Commemorations

RemembranceSundayCricket Derbyshire commemorates the lives of Derbyshire County Cricket Club players that served their country during World War One.

In this article, written by John Shawcroft, Cricket Derbyshire remembers the Derbyshire cricketers who served during the Great War.

Cricket – like all areas of life was touched greatly by the Great War of 1914-18.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of World War One, below is a role of honour that commemorates the lives of Derbyshire County Cricket Club players that served their country during the four-year long conflict.

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Harris: We want to produce England players

AJHarrisAJ Harris says the ultimate aim of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby is to produce England players, after announcing its intake for 2015.

The 2015 Academy intake includes six returning Members and four new recruits who will have the opportunity to work closely with the Club’s elite coaching set-up.

Academy Director Harris says he wants the 2015 crop to aim for the very top as the Club continues in its quest to produce future international players.

“We ultimately want to produce England players,” Harris said. “We want to aim for the very top and we want the players to do the same.

“Hopefully these lads will try and emulate the success of the likes of Tom Taylor, Ben Cotton and Harvey Hosein who made an incredible debut in first-class cricket this summer.

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Diwali celebration fireworks at The 3aaa County Ground

DiwaliWe hope our local residents enjoy our Diwali celebration fireworks at approximately 7pm on Friday 21 November. 

To any residents inconvenienced by this short display, our apologies and thank you for your understanding.

Places are still available for the Diwali celebrations in the Marquee at The 3aaa County Ground. Families can enjoy an evening of entertainment, which will include a delicious three-course meal provided by renowned local Indian restaurant, Slice of India.

The traditional Indian celebrations will be complemented by live entertainment and a spectacular Fireworks display.

Limited places are available for this family event, with children aged 10+ welcome. Tickets are priced at just £30 for adults, £20 juniors (£100 for a family of four based on two adults, two juniors). 

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Ground Development Blog #3: Demolition Derby

GraemeWelchTwo weeks is a long time in the demolition business, as the space for the new top-floor venue in the Lund Pavilion is created.

The pavilion car park is now a contractor’s compound, complete with site office and strongly brewed tea, whilst the pavilion itself is now off limits unless you’re in possession of a hard hat and a good reason to be in there. 

Just two weeks ago the first floor consisted of a Members’ lounge, an Executive Suite, two sets of toilets, a bar and a Committee room.

Fast forward to this week and every brick, breeze block, ceiling tile, carpet, light fitting, socket, radiator, in fact everything bar the external walls and roof, has been removed.

In its place is a single space measuring just shy of 42 yards, almost two cricket pitch lengths, with a total area of close on 400 square yards.

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Derbyshire announce 2015 Academy intake

CricketDerbyshireAcademyThe Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby has announced its intake of ten young cricketers for 2015.

The group includes six returning Academy Members and four new recruits who will have the opportunity to work closely with Academy Director AJ Harris, his assistant Stephen Stubbings and the remainder of the club’s professional coaching staff. 

Stubbings and Harris played 419 first-class matches between them during their own distinguished playing careers.

The selected players will spend the winter working on their skills and taking lifestyle advice before embarking together on a summer of competitive cricket.

Graduates Tom Taylor, Ben Cotton, Harvey Hosein and Greg Cork all made first-team debuts during the 2014 season.

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Madsen: We'll reap rewards from busy winter

MadsenWayne Madsen says the squad will reap the rewards from a tough winter schedule, which commenced today.

The full Derbyshire first-team squad reported back to The 3aaa County Ground today for the start of pre-season. After a month’s break, Madsen says the squad are ready to hit the ground running as preparations for the 2015 season begin. 

“At the end of the season we didn’t really want it to end. We played such good cricket and we almost felt that we could continue going,” Madsen said.

“It’s been good to have a break and recharge for what will be a tough winter, but hopefully it will be rewarding at the end of it.

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White thanks Bookshop volunteers

CricketDerbyshireBookshopWill Davis, Harry White and Adam Wheatcroft have expressed their gratitude to the Cricket Derbyshire Bookshop after signing summer contracts for 2015. 

The Bookshop, led by Phil Kirby and his committed group of volunteers, has funded 50% of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby graduates’ contracts

After undergoing a refurbishment at the beginning of the 2013 campaign, the Book Shop’s sales have soared and this year it has raised in excess of £2,500 to aid the development of young Derbyshire cricketers.

White, having graduated through the Academy, is now determined to progress into the first-team during his debut season as a professional.

“I would like to thank very much the volunteers of the Book Shop for their support in making this possible,” White said.

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Poynton fit for pre-season

TomPoyntonTom Poynton will join his teammates for the start of pre-season on Monday after fully recovering from the injury that ruled him out for the 2014 campaign. 

After a dedicated rehabilitation programme, Poynton is ready to begin a full pre-season programme.

The squad report back to The 3aaa County Ground on Monday and Poynton says he’s excited to get back into training.

"Being back with the lads and playing cricket is what I have been striving towards and I can’t wait to get back playing,” Poynton said.

"I’m now looking forward to a full pre-season with the lads.

"My aim now for next year is to find the form I had prior to this season. I had hoped to push on in 2014 and unfortunately I couldn't. But I now have the motivation and the drive to achieve good things here. 

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