Chesney Hughes praised the side's fighting spirit following back-to-back victories to start the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Briggs of Burton.
Derbyshire made the perfect start to their pre-season tour defeating Worcestershire by six runs in a thrilling 50-over contest on Monday.
Chesney Hughes top scored with 112, before three wickets for Alex Hughes and two apiece for Tony Palladino, Wayne White and Shiv Thakor sealed a narrow win in the final over.
"It was a really good sign," Chesney Hughes said. "We could have lost that game with the bat after being four down cheaply and lost it with the ball when they were flying.
"In each aspect we showed a lot of fight – we're a resilient side and we're tough to beat.
All-rounder Shiv Thakor hit a sensational 97 from just 49 balls to help Derbyshire defeat an ICC Associate XI by 71 runs in a Twenty20 friendly and make it two wins from two in Abu Dhabi.
In an innings that included seven fours and seven sixes, Thakor put the ICC XI attack to the sword during a match-winning partnership of 133 with Wayne Madsen (42*)
Ben Slater (18) and Billy Godleman (37) had earlier got Derbyshire off to a good start but fell in quick succession to bring Thakor and Madsen to the crease.
Thakor got to his half-century with minimal fuss before blasting successive sixes and then a further three sixes in a row the following over.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Leicestershire at the end of last season, fell just three runs short of his century but by that time had already taken his side past 200 and into a commanding position.
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A blistering century from Chesney Hughes helped Derbyshire get the Abu Dhabi pre-season tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton, off to a perfect start as they defeated Worcestershire by six runs.
Chesney Hughes’ innings included a total of five sixes, in addition to nine fours, as the Anguilla-born all-rounder found form in the sweltering heat.
Chesney Hughes struck 112 - and enjoyed a 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Alex Hughes (60) - to guide his team to within two runs of 300 off their 50 overs.
There was also an important contribution from the returning Tom Poynton - making his first appearance in 12 months - who hit a quick-fire 44 not out as Derbyshire posted 298-9 on a green surface.
Alex Hughes (3-25) then proved to be clinical with the ball for Derbyshire, bowling Daryl Mitchell for 58, removing Richard Oliver for 63 and castling Alexei Kervezee for a golden duck during a devastating spell.
All-rounder Shiv Thakor says the squad is fully prepared for their first pre-season fixture of 2015 against Worcestershire on Monday morning in Abu Dhabi.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Leicestershire towards the end of last season, has enjoyed a successful winter with his new county who have been in training since the start of November preparing for the new campaign.
"It's been a brilliant winter. I've really enjoyed every second of it. I haven't been involved in a team that has been this well prepared before," Thakor said.
"The training we are doing, the team spirit and just the actual standard is brilliant. It's really exciting.
"The guys have all been great and I've felt a part of it from day one, which has made my job at lot easier to come here and really enjoy playing cricket again.
After losing the first day almost totally to travelling, the Derbyshire squad got down to the hard work of training in the searing heat of Abu Dhabi.
Across Saturday and Sunday, the players have spent 12 hours training outside in temperatures up to 30⁰C as part of the Abu Dhabi Tour, sponsored by Briggs of Burton.
Beginning with some important strength and conditioning with Dr Jamie Tallent [Strength & Conditioning Coach] each morning, the players have been working hard to ensure they are fully prepared for the new season.
The coaches are taking full advantage of the impressive Zayed Stadium complex facilities with a range of batting, bowling and fielding drills in the nets and on the stadium outfield.
Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill top scored with 57 as New Zealand made it five wins from five at the Cricket World Cup with a six-wicket win against Afghanistan.
Guptill struck seven fours in his 76-ball innings, ably assisted by Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum who hit a rapid 42 from just 19 balls, as the hosts successfully chased down 187.
This after veteran spinner Daniel Vettori (4-18) claimed four wickets to help dismissed Afghanistan for 186 in 48 overs, despite 54 from Samiullah Shenwari and 56 for Najibullah Zadran.
New Zealand, who have already qualified for the quarter-final stages, maintained their perfect record to cement their spot at the top of Group A.
As work commences on the demolition of the old indoor school, Club President Geoff Miller OBE says it's a signal that the Club is continuing to move forward.
The work, which is scheduled for completion ahead of the new season, will ensure improved access and car parking for The 3aaa County Ground and in particular the new Pavilion.
Miller, who recently visited the site in which he learned his trade with Derbyshire, says the development work is a necessity as the Club aims to continue its progression both on and off the field.
"You have got to develop the Club or else you lose," Miller said.
“When we first started you had the indoor school and the nets on the far side and there was nothing else. It was just an open field with a rope around it. The rope hopefully stopped the ball from going another 100 yards.
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