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Australia announce squad for this summer's Ashes tour

AshesTourAustralia have announced a 17-man Test squad for this summer’s Ashes tour which will see them visit The 3aaa County Ground in July for the Bell & Co Tourist Fixture.

The recently-crowned 2015 ICC World Cup champions will be captained by experienced batsman Michael Clarke in a line-up that also includes 90mph plus fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner and all-rounder Steve Smith.

Uncapped Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed has been selected for his first tour of England, while there is also a place for former Derbyshire Captain Chris Rogers.

Supporters can watch the Australia Ashes stars in action at The 3aaa County Ground this summer in the Bell & Co Tourist Fixture, as Derbyshire go up against the old enemy at the height of summer.

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Derbyshire duo top World Cup scoring charts

Dilshan GuptillTwo out of the top seven run-scorers in the 2015 ICC World Cup – including the highest – will turn out for Derbyshire Falcons during the NatWest T20 Blast this summer.

Martin Guptill finished as the highest scorer in the tournament with 547 runs at an average of 68, which also included a World Cup record score of 237 not out in the quarter-final clash versus West Indies. 

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who will feature in two separate spells for Derbyshire in 2015, finished the competition as the seventh highest scorer with 395 runs at an average of 65.  The hugely experienced batsman also hit two centuries.

Supporters can watch Guptill and Dilshan during this summer's campaign, and best value can be gained by purchasing a Six Pack Ticket; granting you access to any six days of cricket for just £72. 

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Giant stumps to inspire local businesses to back Derbyshire’s Women’s World Cup bid

World Cup BidDerbyshire County Cricket Club today formally announced its intention to bid for Derby to become a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

As part of the announcement made by Chief Executive Simon Storey, the Club unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout.  

The stumps will be funded by 100 local businesses together with a small number of private donors who will each pledge £500 to become part of the ‘We’re backing the bid campaign’ and be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture as well as featuring on the Partners Plaque.

Briggs of Burton, specialists in stainless steel, have already offered to manufacturer the stumps and Idom Merebroook have offered to provide engineering consultancy services for the project. 

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Durston relishing the start of the 2015 campaign

Wes DurstonAll-rounder Wes Durston is relishing the start of the new season and believes the players are suitably prepared following their pre-season programme.

Preparation for the upcoming campaign began back in November, with the players recently returning from Abu Dhabi where they returned with three victories from four matches, whilst Durston was absent to attend the birth of his third child.

The 34-year-old, speaking at the Club’s pre-season Media Day, says the players are in a good place ahead of the LV= County Championship curtain raiser against Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground.

“The best thing about coming back so early is that we can really nail the fitness work before Christmas, and then it’s a case of keeping that going while we work on our skills,” said Durston.

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Australia claim fifth World Cup title

AustraliaMichael Clarke hit 74 in his final One Day International as Australia overcame New Zealand to win the ICC Cricket World Cup for the fifth time.

It ended New Zealand’s hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time in their history, as they, led by the tournament's leading run scorer Martin Guptill, had to settle for runners up in what was a memorable competition for the Black Caps.

Over 90,000 spectators packed the Melbourne Cricket Ground to witness Australia claim a seven wicket win, which was set up by an impressive bowling performance from the Aussie seamers.

Mitchell Johnson (3-30), Mitchell Starc (2-20) and James Faulkner (3-36) shared eight wickets to dismiss New Zealand for 183, despite 83 from Grant Elliott.

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Alex Hughes targeting promotion push

Alex HughesAll-rounder Alex Hughes says the squad can push for promotion this summer following a successful winter and strong end to the 2014 season. 

The players recently returned from their tour of Abu Dhabi – where they won three out of four games – and they are aiming to carry that form into the first game of the new season.

Hughes says competition for places is stronger than ever and hopes a good end to pre-season can secure his spot in the side to face Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on Sunday 19 April.

Hughes said: “Everyone is looking to impress and make sure they stake a claim for the first game against Lancashire.

“There's a lot of spaces up for grabs so everyone is working really hard at the moment; it’s an exciting time.

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Openers impress on good second day at Grace Road

BenSlaterOpeners Ben Slater and  Billy Godleman shared an unbeaten 161-run stand as Derbyshire dominated the second day of a rain-affected two-day friendly against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

After the first day was washed out, both sides agreed to bat 45 overs on the second day with Leicestershire batting first.

The Derbyshire seamers impressed during the first session to reduce the hosts to 65-5 at one stage, before Leicestershire recovered to end their innings on 163-6; Neil Pinner top scored with an unbeaten 56 and Ben Raine added 40.

The wickets were shared around with Mark Footitt (1-25), Tony Palladino (1-14), Wayne White (1-7), Tom Taylor (1-14) and Shiv Thakor (1-8) claiming one apiece, all off five overs.

In reply, Slater and Godleman settled to their task impressively and guided the team through the entire allocation of overs unbeaten with the score on 161-0.

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Record number of clubs for NatWest CricketForce

NatWestCricketForceA record-breaking 2,276 cricket clubs nationwide have registered to take part in the annual three-day NatWest Cricket Force, which will see their facilities rejuvenated and prepared ahead of the new season.

Entering its 14th year, tens of thousands of players, members and volunteers will come together to help give back to clubs across England & Wales during the weekend.

Club projects range from simple paint jobs and sightscreen cleaning, to brand new changing rooms, function rooms, and new pavilions.

And Derbyshire clubs are getting behind the initiative in huge numbers with 87 registered to take part.

Derbyshire Cricket Board (DCB) Senior Cricket Development Manager Mick Glenn said: “It’s fantastic that so many clubs value the initiative as a way to kick start the season.

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#CWC15 Preview: Guptill to feature in World Cup Final

Martin GuptillDerbyshire’s overseas star Martin Guptill will walk out in the ICC World Cup Final this Sunday; 3.30am GMT start.

Co-hosts New Zealand and Australia go to head-to-head in the Final held in Syndey after convincing performances from both sides throughout the six-week long tournament.

New Zealand have won every single game they have played so far, perhaps crucially including a one-wicket win over Australia in the Group Stages.

The Quarter-Final stage, however, was the most memorable for New Zealand and their talismanic opener Guptill. The opening batsman hit the highest World Cup score ever of 237 not out from 163 balls.

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