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BY NUMBERS: Hashim Amla

Amla by numbersSouth Africa Test Captain Hashim Amla has joined Derbyshire for part of the 2015 season – we take a look at his glittering career by numbers.

The world-class top order batsman will join the Club at the start of May and be available for two LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures.

He will fill the gap left by Martin Guptill after he was recently called up to the New Zealand Test side for the series against England this summer.

The 31-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best batsman in world cricket, has featured in 82 Tests scoring 6,757 runs at an average of 52.78. We take a look at his career by numbers.

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Lancashire NatWest T20 Blast fixture live on Sky Sports

Hashim AmlaSupporters will be able to see new signing Hashim Amla in NatWest T20 Blast action at The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 29 May - and the game will be live on Sky Sports. 

Amla will be available for three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures in total, including the opening home match versus Lancashire Lightning. The classy batsman has scored a total of 2,550 runs in his T20 career, and brings with him a wealth of experience having played over 100 T20 matches.

The match will be live on Sky Sports, with supporters at the ground taking advantage of the big screen replays and their chance to get on TV. 

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GETTING TO KNOW: Hashim Amla

Getting to know AmlaAs a household name in the world of cricket, Hashim Amla almost needs no introduction after signing for Derbyshire for a spell this summer.

A South Africa Test stalwart for over ten years, Amla appears to revel when batting in pressure situations and can be difficult to get out. He proved this in 2012 when he batted for almost two days against England at the Kia Oval, eventually finishing on an incredible 311 not out – the highest Test score by a South African.

A quiet man, there is no doubting Amla's immense hunger for runs. His impact for the national side was immediate as he reeled off four centuries in his first eight innings of the 2004-05 season, after being appointed Captain of the Dolphins at the age of 21.

Amla instantly hit the ground running after being drafted in the South Africa ODI side in 2008 and has since become the fastest player to score 20 ODI centuries.

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Amla joins Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Cricket Club have filled the gap created by Martin Guptill’s Test recall by signing world-class South Africa batsman and Test captain, Hashim Amla.

Amla, who is currently ranked as the world’s number three Test batsman, will join the Club at the start of May and be available for two LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures.

The 31-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best batsman in world cricket, has featured in 82 Tests scoring 6,757 runs at an average of 52.78 and a top score of 311 not out.

He is also an experienced limited overs batsman, scoring over 2,500 runs in 100 Twenty20 appearances, with a high score of 88 not out, and a strike rate in international Twenty20 cricket of 122.44 at an average of 25.0.

Amla’s first fixture for Derbyshire will be the LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at The 3aaa County Ground, Derby, beginning on Sunday 10 May. 

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Durston and Godleman help swing balance back to Derbyshire

Wes DurstonA partnership of 145 between Billy Godleman and Wes Durston – in addition to three late wickets – meant that Derbyshire edged the second day versus Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground.

Having taken the final two Lancashire wickets for just a single, Derbyshire bowled their visitors out for 293 on the morning of Day Two of the LV= County Championship fixture at The 3aaa County Ground.

In reply, Durston scored a rapid 85 alongside Godleman – who struck 76 – as Derbyshire recovered from 26-3 to post 274; handing Lancashire a slender first-inning lead of 19.

This left enough time for some late drama as the hosts claimed three wicket in the final 11 overs of the day – including the two Lancashire openers – to swing the match back in favour of Derbyshire, with Lancashire 36-3, and set up an intriguing last two days.

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ICU IT help Derbyshire prepare for new season

ICUITDerby-based IT service providers, ICU IT, have played their part in helping Derbyshire County Cricket Club prepare for the new season, both on and off the field.

The Club’s Preferred IT Partners have taken a leading role during the Club’s off-season ground development work, upgrading the Club’s IT infrastructure at The 3aaa County Ground.

Both hardware and software have been upgraded, optimising the systems to match the business requirements and proving high-speed internet for staff and corporate guests.

ICU have also been working closely with the cricket management staff to deliver analytics and overall performance analysis systems as the squad prepared for the start of the 2015 campaign.

Derbyshire CCC Head of Commercial, Ryan Duckett said: “ICU have played a significant role during the winter’s ground development, significantly upgrading our IT infrastructure.

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New 3aaa Pavilion welcomes bumper first day crowd

The3aaaCountyGroundThe Club enjoyed a bumper first day crowd on Sunday as almost 1,000 supporters visited the newly-redeveloped 3aaa County Ground for the start of the new season. 

A million pound was invested during the off-season to improve facilities around the ground, including new and exclusive Members facilities in The 3aaa Pavilion. 

The Club has also recruited a new in-house catering team, offering Members and supporters more catering options than ever before on matchdays.

Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “The Club would like to thank everyone who attended today’s fixture for their support and we hope you enjoyed your visit to the new-look 3aaa County Ground.

“With the optimism of the new season ahead and the recent investment, we anticipated a bigger crowd that usual and the crowd were certainly treated to a fascinating days cricket. 

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Palladino claims three on even first day

Tony PalladinoTony Palladino claimed three wickets and Lancashire's Alviro Petersen hit a debut century on an even first day at The 3aaa County Ground.

Derbyshire started brightly with the ball and two early wickets from Palladino, with one apiece for Mark Footitt and Shiv Thakor, helped reduce the visitors to 55-4.

A fine century from Petersen, as well as useful contributions from Tom Smith, Alex Davies and Peter Siddle, helped Lancashire recover in the afternoon sunshine.

But two wickets just before the close from Palladino and Thakor halted Lancashire’s progress, and gave Derbyshire some momentum to take into Day Two.

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Footitt relishing start of new campaign

Mark FootittMark Footitt is targeting a repeat of last season’s heroics as he prepares  for the start of the new LV= County Championship campaign, starting on Sunday.

The 29-year-old left-arm paceman was the country’s leading wicket-taker last year racking up a tally of 84 wickets in first-class cricket at an average of 19.19, including six five-wicket hauls.

Footitt says that the players are relishing the visit of Lancashire to The 3aaa County Ground this week as they look to start the season in winning fashion.

“All the lads in the squad are raring to go and wanting to get this first game underway,” Footitt said.

“It’s a massive game for us, if we start well and get the points on the board, the momentum carries us on for the rest of the season.

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