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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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England Performance Programme schedule confirmed

MarkFootittThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that Mark Footitt will travel to South Africa on November 21 for the England Performance Programme (EPP) Fast Bowler’s Camp.

In Potchefstroom, Footitt will be coached by EPP Lead Fast Bowling Coach Kevin Shine and England Fast Bowling Coach Ottis Gibson as part of the three week training camp.

The camp concludes on 10 December when Footitt will return to England and join up with his Derbyshire teammates at The 3aaa County Ground as preparations for the 2015 season continue.

Derbyshire’s frontline seamer finished a sensational 2014 campaign as the highest wicket-taker in the country, claiming 106 wickets in all competitions.

The 28-year-old picked up 84 first-class wickets at an average of 19, including five five-wicket hauls and career-best figures of 6-48. Footitt added 22 wickets in the limited-overs arena, which also included career-best List A figures of 5-59.

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Players back for pre-season training on Monday

TrainingDerbyshire’s first-team squad will start their preparations for the 2015 season on Monday (3 November) as they report back for the start of pre-season.

The entire first-team squad will once again be present at The 3aaa County Ground throughout the winter as they work towards the start of the new season in April.

The only exception will be Mark Footitt who will travel to South Africa for the England Performance Programme Fast Bowling Camp at the end of November for three weeks, before returning to Derby.

Each player will be assigned a dedicated fitness programme in which its intensity will gradually increase as we edge closer to the new campaign.

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Welch: The sky's the limit for the young lads

WelchGraeme Welch believes the sky’s the limit for the exciting crop of young home-grown players currently on the Derbyshire staff. 

Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduates Tom Taylor, Harvey Hosein, Ben Cotton and Greg Cork all made their debuts for the first team during the summer – while fellow graduates Ben Slater and Alex Hughes also made telling contributions throughout the season.

Elite Performance Director Welch believes the young players have learnt a lot from their experiences and can develop in to consistent match winners.

Welch said: “When I first came in, I realised there was a lot of talented youngsters here that just needed direction.

Read more: Welch: The sky's the limit for the young lads

Madsen hosts Half-Term Coaching Clinic

WayneMadsenOver 20 local youngsters took up the opportunity to learn from Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen at the first Half-Term Coaching Clinic at The 3aaa County Ground.

Boys and girls of all abilities, aged between 8 and 12, took part in a three-hour coaching session with the Derbyshire Captain in the Gateway Centre on Wednesday.

Madsen led several drills that taught the three main disciplines of cricket to the budding youngsters, who had the chance to learn from a man who has over 10,000 runs to his name as a professional and Captain of Derbyshire since 2012.

The session included batting and fielding drills, plus a dedicated bowling workshop, all under the supervision of Madsen who was able to pass on his wisdom to the young cricketers.  

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Trio handed summer contracts for 2015

Will DavisThree young cricketers have signed summer contracts with Derbyshire for the 2015 season.

Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby products Will Davis (pictured), Adam Wheatcroft and Harry White have been awarded deals for the 2015 season.

Pace bowler Davis, who captained the Academy side in 2014,has been a regular for the Second XI this summer. He was named Academy Player of the Year and earned a call-up to the England Development Programme.

Fellow graduate Wheatcroft has also featured for the Second XI this year while White, a left-arm paceman, has earned his first deal with the Club after training with the first team during 2014.

Read more: Trio handed summer contracts for 2015

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