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Royal London becomes ECB’s game-wide one-day cricket title sponsor

RoyalLondonThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) celebrates another major commercial boost ahead of the eagerly anticipated Ashes Series in Australia, in announcing that Royal London, the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company, will become the headline sponsor of one-day cricket at international, county and recreational levels from 2014. 

Royal London has six million customers, and recently announced a new strategy which will see each of its 11 existing brands migrate to its Royal London masterbrand.

The ECB’s vision of game-wide title sponsorship for each format has now come to fruition with Royal London sponsoring all one-day cricket, Investec sponsoring Test cricket, NatWest sponsoring all T20 cricket and LV= backing the County Championship.

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Brodrick motivated by former graduates

CallumBrodrickSecond-year Academy member Callum Brodrick says seeing former graduates awarded summer contracts acts as the perfect motivation as the class of 2014 begin their winter programme.

The young batsman hit the headlines in 2013 when, on 12th man duty for the first team, he took a crucial catch to remove England’s Eoin Morgan in Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship Division One triumph against Middlesex.

Brodrick will rejoin the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby for a second year in 2014 and he hopes a successful winter will offer him more opportunities with both the Second XI and Karl Krikken’s side next season.

“I’m looking forward to the winter training,” he said. “I’ve kind of missed it during our break but happy to be back and can’t wait to get started again.

“It’s a great philosophy to have assisting the Academy players come through. There’s a great ethos in the Academy and at the Club as a whole.

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Quick-Fire Questions with Tony Palladino

TonyPalladinoSeamer Tony Palladino is the next man to get into the hot-seat with ex-Derbyshire all-rounder Jake Needham as he answers quick-fire questions about his team-mates.

This is the next in a series of quick-fire interviews with members of the playing and coaching staff as they reveal all about their fellow Derbyshire colleagues. 

Who is the most talented member of the squad?
Shiv. He’s scored about 6 million runs during his career, so I’m not sure there is much more I can say about that.

Who is the biggest joker?
Wainers [David Wainwright] is pretty funny. He likes his iPad apps so he’s always sending funny videos and keeping us entertained.

Who is the most vocal person in the dressing room?
Tina [Mark Turner] is pretty good at that. I think Tina and I are quite good when we play together. We tend to ‘gee’ each other and hopefully pick the team up.

Who is most likely to be late for training?
Easy, Chesney!

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2014 Academy launch in partnership with University of Derby

AcademyCricket Derbyshire has launched its 2014 Academy programme in partnership with the University of Derby.

The intake includes seven returning Academy Members who will have the opportunity to work with the dedicated Academy and first team coaching staff as they continue their developments with the Club.

The selected players will spend the winter working on their skills and taking lifestyle advice before embarking on a summer of cricket under the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby banner.

The continuing partnership with the University of Derby, including the sponsorship of the county’s LV= County Championship shirt, will see Cricket Derbyshire once again support the University of Derby’s Team Derby cricket team as part of the first University/Academy cricket partnership in the country.

The Club is dedicated in producing local home-grown talent and five graduates – Tom Poynton, Ben Slater, Matt Higginbottom, Alex Hughes and Peter Burgoyne – played vital roles as Derbyshire claimed their first top flight victory for over a decade during a historic 2013 campaign. 

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2013 Season Review: Part Three

TauntonThe curtain has fallen on a historic 2013 season for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

After a 13-year absence, Wayne Madsen’s young side stepped into the unknown to do battle in the highest league in the land; LV= County Championship Division One.

Many in the media wrote off the chances of Karl Krikken’s side, and after the opening fixtures even the most dedicated of supporters couldn’t argue with the pre-season predictions.

But in the face of adversity, a Derbyshire side containing a plethora of Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates broke the mould and at the height of summer handed the county their first Division One victory since the two-tier structure was launched, back at the turn of the century.

During an astonishing four-week period, the Club clinched three wins – more than Surrey and East Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire claimed all season – to re-install an immense sense of pride to the people of Derbyshire, and to kick start their Division One campaign.

In part three, read how, despite a narrow defeat to Surrey at the Kia Oval, Karl Krikken’s men refused to back down and had one more hurrah in the crucial match versus Somerset. 

Click here to read Part Three of Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Season Review>>>

Academy graduates handed summer contracts

BenCottonCricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy graduates Ben Cotton and Tom Taylor have been awarded summer contracts for 2014.

And Head Coach Karl Krikken was quick to praise the efforts of the volunteers in the Cricket Derbyshire Book Shop whose contribution has gone a long way to funding both contracts.

The Book Shop is celebrating a record-breaking year after surpassing its £3,000 sales target for the season, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of Members and supporters.

Sales have soared since the shop underwent a refurbishment prior to the start of the 2013 campaign and they recently recorded a record day’s sales taking £358.90 on the opening day against Warwickshire.

All proceeds support the development of young Derbyshire cricketers such as Cotton and Taylor who will now be welcomed to the senior squad as their pathway towards careers in the professional game continues.

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Derby Telegraph named ECB Regional Paper of the Year

DerbyTelegraphThe Derby Telegraph has been named Regional Newspaper of the Year at the ECB’s annual County Cricket Journalism Awards thanks to its dedicated coverage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.  

Sports reporter Mark Eklid, who covers Derbyshire for the Telegraph at both home and away fixtures, was presented with the award at the Lord’s Taverners.

The Telegraph provides local cricket lovers with the latest updates from the County Club as well as offering readers up-to-date results and reports from around the local Derbyshire leagues.

ECB chief executive David Collier said: "The Derby Telegraph was rewarded for finding a way to present exemplary coverage of county cricket at home and away in a harsh economic climate for provincial papers."

The judging of the awards was conducted by a four-strong panel comprising the chairman of the Cricket Writers’ Club, Pat Gibson, BBC Radio reporter Kevin Howells, Paul Bolton, who covers county cricket regularly for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and Collier.

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Johnson: I’ll play any role asked of me

RichardJohnsonWicketkeeper-batsman Richard Johnson spoke to about his first full season with the Club, his hopes of recapturing his role behind the stumps and Derbyshire’s one-day chances in 2014.

After a brief loan-spell, the 25-year-old signed terms with Derbyshire at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign and he went onto feature in 13 LV= County Championship fixture last season, compiling 556 runs.

Due to the form of Tom Poynton, however, Johnson found himself playing in the unfamiliar position of specialist batsman for most of the campaign. But the former-Warwickshire man insists he is just happy to play his part during an enjoyable first year with the Club.

“On the field things have been tough for us, but in terms of me settling into life here at Derby I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” he said.

“I was just delighted to be playing first-team cricket. Yes I am a keeper and I do love keeping.  Of course I do want to keep wicket whenever possible, but I saw it as a massive compliment that the management felt they could select me as a batsman alone.

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Hughes looking forward to 2014 campaign

ChesneyHughesIt may only have been three weeks since he underwent shoulder surgery, but Chesney Hughes is already looking ahead to a successful 2014 season with Derbyshire.

The powerful opening batsman is, like the rest of the squad, due back in Derby on Monday to begin his off-season rehabilitation programme ahead of the new campaign, scheduled to begin at the start of April.

The 22-year-old will spend the majority of the winter with Club Physiotherapist James Pipe and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Tallent as he attempts to get back to full strength for the start of the season.

And Hughes is hoping he can have a positive impact on both the four-day and limited overs sides in 2014 as the Club push for an immediate return to Division One and their first knockout berth since 2005.

“I think we improved a lot coming towards the end of last season and we want to take that kind of momentum through to next year,” he said.

“I think we understand that we are capable of winning Division Two again so we will go out and try and do that from ball one.

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