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#CWC15 Report: New Zealand thrash England in Wellington

MartinGuptillDerbyshire’s Martin Guptill hit a run-a-ball 22 as New Zealand maintained their perfect start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup with victory over England in Wellington.

Tim Southee was the star man with the ball as he returned the best One-Day International figures ever by a Kiwi, claiming 7-33 to dismiss England for just 123 inside 34 overs.

It was only the fourth time a bowler has claimed seven wickets in a World Cup match.

Brendon McCullum (77 off 25 balls) then smashed an 18-ball half-century, the fastest in World Cup history, to propel New Zealand to their target in just 12.2 overs.

Guptill fell just before the winning runs were scored for a composed 22, which included three boundaries.

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Davis targeting England Under-19s debut

Will DavisCricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Will Davis is hopeful of making his bow for the England Under-19s after being selected in the squad to tour Australia next month.

Davis has been included in a 16-man squad to face Australia Under-19s for a four-day match taking place at the WACA from April 6 – 9, followed by one-day fixtures on April 13 and 15 in Bunbury, and 18, 21 and 24 at Murdoch University.

The 19-year-old was named Academy Player of the Year at last seasons’ Awards Evening after captaining the Academy side in 2014 and impressing while in action for the Second XI. He was awarded with a summer contract for the 2015 season and has been training with the first-team squad over the winter.

The fast bowler was on the England Development Programme (EDP) at the back end of 2014 and did enough to earn his Under 19s call-up.

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Madsen completes England qualification

WayneMadsenWayne Madsen has completed his residency in the United Kingdom and will now lead the county as an England qualified cricketer.

The South Africa-born batsman, who is now available for England selection, joined Derbyshire in 2009 and since featured in 193 games for the Club in all competitions scoring over 8,500 runs.

He was named Club Captain in 2010 and signed a new contract ahead of the 2014 campaign committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.

In his first full season as Captain, Madsen led his young side to the LV= County Championship Division Two title and has gone on to surpass 1,000 first-class runs in both seasons since.

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Madsen and Taylor visit Mickleover Primary

Taylor and MadsenWayne Madsen and Tom Taylor paid a visit to Mickleover Primary School as part of the Club’s community initiative.

Excited youngsters were given the opportunity to enjoy a game of Kwik Cricket with the Derbyshire duo as well as ECB qualified coaches from the Derbyshire Cricket Board (DCB).

There was also a chance for the children to ask Taylor and Madsen questions about life as a professional cricketer and their hopes for 2015, before getting posters and other items autographed.

“It’s a great opportunity for us as players and a Club to get out into the local community,” Madsen said.

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Madsen pays surprise visit to Derbyshire Members

WayneMadsenTwo Derbyshire Members received a once in a lifetime visit from Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen as he personally delivered their 2015 Memberships. 

Members who purchased their 2015 Membership before the February 1st Early Bird deadline were entered into a draw to have their Memberships delivered in person by Madsen. 

Paul and Elaine Pritchard, from Mickleover, were the lucky winners and received their visit from the Derbyshire Captain on Tuesday afternoon. 

The couple, who have been Members at the Club since 2010, were delighted to received the unexpected visit and took the opportunity to chat to Madsen about pre-season training and their hopes for 2015.

Watch below the moment Madsen surprised Mr and Mrs Pritchard:

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#CWC15 Report: New Zealand make it two from two

MartinGuptillNew Zealand made it two wins out of two at the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a three-wicket win over Scotland at Dunedin.

Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill, opening the batting, hit 17 off 14 balls before Kane Williamson top scored with 38 as the Black Caps chased down 142 inside 25 overs, with three wickets remaining. 

New Zealand top group A with four points, with Australia close behind on two. Sri Lanka, England and Scotland are all yet to register a point.

Guptill is back in action on Friday morning (1am GMT) as New Zealand face England at Wellington.

Guptill will be back in Derbyshire colours this summer. 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 in June.

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Madsen and Palladino host Coaching Clinic

MadsenOver 35 young budding cricketers took the opportunity to learn from Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen and fast bowler Tony Palladino at the Half-Term Coaching Clinic last week.

Madsen hosted his second Half-Term Coaching Clinic, after the inaugural event in October sold out. The February coaching clinic was similarly popular with children aged between 6 and 12 years taking advantage of the unique opportunity to learn from the Derbyshire pair. 

The youngster took part in batting, fielding and bowling drills, while there was also a chance to grab a photo and autographs from Madsen and Palladino. 

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#CWC15 Report: Ireland defeat West Indies

IrelandPaul Stirling struck 92 from 84 balls to guide Ireland to a famous World Cup victory over West Indies at Nelson, New Zealand. 

Former England international Ed Joyce played aggressively for his 84 before Niall O’Brien finished unbeaten on 79. It was left to John Mooney to hit the winning runs with over four overs remaining as Ireland chased down 304 to claim a four-wicket win. 

There have been five successful 300+ chases in World Cup history, three of which are by Ireland.

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Derbyshire's 2015 campaign is just 61 days away and excitement is building for the new season, which begins with the visit of Lancashire on Sunday 19 April at The 3aaa County Ground. 

The Falcons also begin their home NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May (6.30pm start) and join us for an explosive evening of cricket. 

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Will Davis earns England Under-19 call-up

WillDavisCricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Will Davis has been selected for the England Under-19s tour of Australia in March and April. 

Davis has been included in a 16-man squad to face Australia Under-19s for a  four-day match taking place at the WACA from April 6 – 9, followed by one-day fixtures on April 13 and 15 in Bunbury, and 18, 21 and 24 at Murdoch University. 

Head of the EDP, Andy Hurry will oversee the month-long tour from March 25 – April 25, with support from EDP Coaches Tim Boon and Ian Brunnschweiler.  

The 19-year-old was named Academy Player of the Year at last seasons’ Awards Evening after captaining the Academy side in 2014  and impressing while in action for the Second XI. He was awarded with a summer contract for the 2015 season and has been training with the first-team squad over the winter. 

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