Kevin Dean has pledged to sleep outside so others don’t have to at the YMCA Sleep Easy; Friday 6 March at The 3aaa County Ground.
Dean, who took 401 first-class wickets during his Derbyshire career from 1996 to 2008, serves the Club as Supervisory Director and has pledged to sleep in the car park on the night in aid of YMCA Derbyshire’s campaign to help disadvantaged young people in Derby.
The invitation is open to join the YMCA Derbyshire Sleep Easy event with all money raised going directly to local YMCA Derbyshire projects, helping vulnerable people in Derby and Derbyshire build a future.
Already signed up, alongside Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey, are Derby College Director of Enterprise Louise Curd, Bell & Co Managing Director Richard Salt and Ibox Security Managing Director Sean Price from the Club’s 1870 Business Club and other business and community leaders including:
Derbyshire’s Martin Guptill hit 49 as New Zealand made a winning start to the 2015 Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka by 98 runs in Christchurch.
Guptill struck five fours in his knock of 49 off 62 balls as the Blackcaps secured a convincing victory in the opening fixture of the tournament.
It was a special match for the powerful opener, as he competed in his 100th One Day International for his country, only the 23rd New Zealander to reach the milestone.
New Zealand are back in action on Monday evening (10pm GMT) as they face Scotland in Dunedin.
Head of Commercial Ryan Duckett says a 365-day-a-year Conference & Events model will aid in the Club’s quest to continue its ever increasing investment on the field.
The newly-redeveloped 3aaa Pavilion has been transformed into a state-of-the-art Conference & Events venue, capable of hosting 300 guests, and creating a new income streams for the Club.
Duckett said: “To drive our performance on the field, we need to create new income streams. The focus now over the next few years is to drive our non-cricket revenue to increase our overall income and invest in cricket.
“We want to have a successful team in Derbyshire and the more you invest, the more success you will get.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starts on Saturday as England begin their quest to win their first world 50-over title.
Derby Telegraph asked Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and a selection of the Derbyshire players to give us their predictions ahead of the eagerly-anticipated tournament.
They asked them;
1 Who will win the World Cup?
2 If England are to do well, who will be their key player?
3 Which nation can cause an upset?
Chief Executive Simon Storey says that the £1million ground redevelopment will be a step-change for the Club offering improved facilities for Members and Conference & Events guests.
The top floor of the Lund Pavilion has been transformed to create a new state of the art Conference & Events facility capable of hosting up to 300 guests and will open at the start of April.
On matchdays the Pavilion will act as an exclusive venue for Members and Executive Members, offering better facilities than ever before to enjoy the cricket.
Storey is anticipating that the development will create up to 30 jobs for local residents and bring more business to the City of Derby.
Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton is convinced that the new and improved training and playing facilities at The 3aaa County Ground will aid Derbyshire’s quest to compete at the highest level.
A million pound has been spent to upgrade facilities, part of which involves moving the players into the redeveloped Cricket Derbyshire Elite Performance Centre, formerly known as the Gateway Centre.
Poynton believes the new training and dressing room facilities will help Derbyshire attract more big names to the county after the signings of Shiv Thakor, Wayne White and Martin Guptill this winter.
“We are lucky to be developing a new cricket facility as the Cricket Derbyshire Elite Performance Centre,” Poynton said.
Derbyshire 2nd XI will compete in three matches at the newly-renovated 3aaa County Ground this summer as part of a packed 2015 schedule.
Supporters will get their first opportunity to watch the 2nd XI in action at Derby in a three-day friendly against Glamorgan on Tuesday 28 April.
John Sadler’s side will compete in two more games at The 3aaa County Ground; a Twenty20 match versus the Unicorns on Thursday 21 May, before entertaining local rivals Nottinghamshire in a Championship fixture starting on Monday 29 June.
Supporters will gain FREE entry to all home 2nd XI fixtures at Derby this summer.
Supporters will gain a unique insight into life as a professional cricketer at the Players’ Pre-Season Luncheon on Wednesday 4 March - an event arranged entirely by the players.
As a commitment to raise funds for the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi – and in support of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1155801) – the players have arranged their own fundraising event; Players' Luncheon in the Gateway Centre Main Hall.
At the special event, guests will gain an insight into the Club’s preparations for the new season, experience a live training session with Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch and take part in a Q&A session with the entire First Team squad.
Guests will receive a glass of champagne or orange juice on arrival before being treated to a delicious two-course lunch.
Each table will be joined by a Derbyshire player, giving guests the opportunity to pick the brains of members of the current playing staff.
Tom Poynton has been awarded a Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Personal Development Scholarship.
The scholarships were introduced by the PCA in 2013 to find and reward the most proactive members, past and present, on or off the pitch, in the area of Personal Development.
The initiative seeks to incentivise past members who have moved on to new career pathways as well as encouraging current players to plan and prepare for their future off the pitch.
Poynton will receive a scholarship of £1,000 towards Personal Development course funding, resources of his choice or to reimburse costs already incurred.
Poynton’s busy year of Personal Development activity began after he was ruled out of the entire 2014 season by a leg injury which he sustained in a car accident in which his father, Keith, tragically died.
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