Wayne Madsen and Graeme Welch have spoken about the Club’s overseas strategy after securing the coveted signature of New Zealand international Martin Guptill.
Guptill will be available for Derbyshire’s first six LV= County Championship fixtures and three NatWest T20 Blast matches in 2015.
Captain Madsen says he’s excited to welcome back Guptill to The 3aaa County Ground and hopes he can, once again, help the county get off to a flyer.
“I remember clearly in that first game of the season Guppy hitting Chaminda Vaas over the marquee for six in the first over,” Madsen said.
“That kind of set the tone for the whole season. The aggressive, positive way he played at the top of the order gave belief to the whole squad.
Derbyshire have landed the coveted signature of Kiwi ace Martin Guptill as overseas player for the early part of the 2015 season.
The top-order batsman will be available for the opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their One-Day International (ODI) series versus England.
He last toured England in 2013, ending the three-match ODI series as the leading run scorer with 330 runs, which included two centuries; a spectacular unbeaten 189 off 155 balls at the Ageas Bowl and 103 off 123 balls at Lord’s.
The 28-year-old is making a fond return to The 3aaa County Ground after enjoying successful spells with the Club in 2011 and 2012, during which he scored 1,131 first-class runs at an average of 43.50, including three centuries.
It may be mid-winter, but the announcement of the signing of Martin Guptill and real signs of progress with the ground development project indicates that the season isn't too far away.
After several months of essential - but not exactly eye-catching - work, the sight greeting visitors to The 3aaa County Ground at Derby today was one which finally gave some idea of what the finished article will look like.
Although massive improvements in the Gateway will provide the cricket staff with state of the art facilities, the Pavilion is the building which will most interest members and visitors, and the smart, new entrance atrium is now almost complete.
The external cladding is in place and the roof has been linked to the existing roof and presents an impressive facade. The Club name and logo will be added, and lit at night for added effect.
LAST DAY! Supporters have until Saturday 31 January to purchase Membership for the 2015 season at the discounted Early Bird prices.
If purchased prior to the deadline, Members can save £15 and watch 46 days of cricket – including the group stages of the NatWest T20 Blast competition and the Tour Match versus Australia - for less than £4 a day.
The price of Full Adult Membership is £180 prior to the deadline and those that join will enjoy better Members’ facilities at The 3aaa County Ground than ever before with the Club investing over £1million on the renovation of the exclusive facilities in the Lund Pavilion.
Further discounts remain in place for students, senior citizens, adults aged 16-21 and those living more than 20 miles from The 3aaa County Ground.
Early Bird Junior Membership – including a free Derbyshire cap - is priced at just £20, a seasonal car park pass at £60 and the popular Six Pack Tickets are again available for use at any six days of cricket throughout the season, priced at £72.
Due to popular demand, the Club is extending the Membership Early Bird deadline to midnight on Sunday 1 February for online customers.
Supporters will be able to purchase discounted Membership online at derbyshireccc.com throughout the day on Sunday, offering savings of £15.
We’re giving Members the maximum chance to buy Membership for an action-packed 2015 season, allowing you to watch every home day of cricket for less than £4 a day.
Early signs regarding 2015 Membership are encouraging with the latest figures showing a 30% year-on-year upsurge on the corresponding date in 2014.
New Zealand international Martin Guptill has joined Derbyshire as overseas player for the first part of the 2015 season – we look at his career in numbers.
The top-order batsman will be available for the opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their one-day series versus England in June.
Guptill is an experienced international appearing in 31 Tests, 96 ODIs and 48 T20Is for New Zealand since making his debut in 2009, scoring over 6,000 runs.
Here is a brief look at Guptill by numbers.
New Zealand international Martin Guptill returns to Derbyshire for his third spell with the Club – we look back at his highlights, so far, in a Derbyshire shirt.
The 28-year-old is making a fond return to The 3aaa County Ground after enjoying successful stints with the Club in 2011 and 2012, during which he scored 1,131 first-class runs at an average of 43.50, including three centuries.
We revisit a few of Guptill’s standout performances for the county ahead of his return in 2015.
Supporters can now vote to fill the Pace Bowler positions in our 21st Century Derbyshire First-Class XI.
As we countdown to the Membership Early Bird deadline on February 1st – which offers savings of £15 on Membership –the Club is collating a Derbyshire first-class XI made up of players who have represented the county from the year 2000 onwards.
From Monday 26 to 9am on Saturday 31 January, supporters can vote to fill the final positions in our #DCCCXI - the PACE BOWLERS. Supporters can vote via Twitter, Facebook and email.
The players shortlisted are:
Supporters have voted David Wainwright as the Spin Bowler in our 21st Century Derbyshire First-Class XI.
As we countdown to the Membership Early Bird Deadline on February 1st – which offers savings of £15 on Membership – the Club is collating a Derbyshire First-Class XI made up of players who have represented the county from the year 2000 onwards.
From Friday 23 to 12noon on Sunday 25 January, supporters were asked to vote for the Spin Bowler.
Wainwright accumulated 42% of the votes to take his spot in the XI, narrowly beating current Elite Performance Coach Ant Botha.
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