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#CWC15 Report: New Zealand reach final after thrilling chase

Grant ElliottDerbyshire’s Martin Guptill hit 34 and an unbeaten 84 from Grant Elliott lead New Zealand to victory over South Africa and their first World Cup final.

In a rain-affected first innings, South Africa finished on 281-5 from 43 overs with Faf du Plessis top scoring with 82 and Captain AB De Villiers hitting an unbeaten 65 - but New Zealand’s target was revised to 298 from 43 overs in accordance with the Duckworth/Lewis system.

After his record-breaking 237 not out in the quarter-final,Guptill begun well with Brendon McCullum – who struck 59 from 26 balls – before being run out for 34.

The key partnership was between Korey Anderson and Elliott who put on 103 for the fifth wicket before the former was caught out for 58.

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Bell & Co to sponsor Derbyshire’s tour fixture versus Australia

Bell&CoThe Club’s Official Insurance Brokers Bell & Co have backed the Derbyshire versus Australia tour match in July with a major sponsorship package.

Hundreds of tickets are already sold for the three day visit of Michael Clarke’s side featuring fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Steve Smith and hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner starting Thursday 23 July.

It is, by some distance, the best-selling match ahead of the 2015 season with interest said to be unprecedented for this early stage.

Bell & Co Managing Director, Richard Salt said: “We’re thrilled to be associated with the eagerly awaited visit of the Australia cricket team to Derby.

“The excitement of Australia coming to the city has the potential to pull in a bumper crowd from across the region and we are delighted to be headline sponsors and joining fellow 1870 Business Club members in supporting the event.

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Pre-season fixtures confirmed

Pre-season fixturesDerbyshire County Cricket Club can confirm its pre-season schedule of fixtures ahead of the 2015 season.

Derbyshire will compete in three pre-season friendlies beginning with a trip to Grace Road to face Leicestershire in a two-day game, commencing on Thursday 26 March (11am start).

Wayne Madsen’s side will then face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in a two-day fixture, starting on Friday 3 April (11am start), before visiting Edgbaston to face Warwickshire in a final two-day friendly beginning on Thursday 7 April (11am start).

The season begins with a trip to face Cambridge University on Sunday 12 April at Fenner‘s Cricket Ground, before the first LV= County Championship game a week later against Lancashire at The 3aaa County Ground.

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Guptill hits highest ever World Cup score

Martin GuptillDerbyshire’s Martin Guptill smashed the highest score in World Cup history, ending unbeaten on 237, as New Zealand beat West Indies to advance to the semi-finals.

His incredible 163-ball innings in Wellington featured 11 sixes and 24 fours and beat the 215 made by West Indies' Chris Gayle earlier in the tournament.

Guptill hit 137 from his last 52 balls to help his side post 393-6 off their 50 overs, which proved to be well out of a reach as New Zealand claimed a 143-run win.

Guptill's score was the second best in One Day International history behind Rohit Sharma's 264 and propelled the Black Caps to the highest total in a World Cup knockout match.

After hitting his sixth ODI century in New Zealand's previous match against Bangladesh, he became the fifth player to make an ODI double hundred. He joined Indians Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and Chris Gayle in the exclusive club.

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Ground Development Blog #8: Phase One complete

Ground DevelopmentWell, in 150 days - less than the length of a cricket season - the first phase of ground development has been completed. And make no mistake, this is a significant step forward for Derbyshire.

In the space of just five months the Club has seen the transformation of the two principal buildings on the ground.

We now have tremendous first class cricket accommodation in the Elite Performance Centre, known formerly as the Gateway Centre, and a Pavilion - specifically the entrance and first floor - which is simply unrecognisable from its former self, offering high class spectator facilities for Members and a Conference & Events venue for the 300-plus days when there is no cricket at The 3aaa County Ground.

Crucially, the project has not left Derbyshire with any debt, as the funds used had been ring-fenced for ground development and there has therefore been no impact on the cricket side, either.

The Elite Performance Centre is now a self-contained cricket centre with exclusive parking to the rear and new facilities for the umpires, physiotherapists and analysts, plus outstanding changing, dining and associated facilities for the players. The players also have a private area on the Grandstand Terrace from where they will access the pitch. 

Read more: Ground Development Blog #8: Phase One complete

Club anticipating a duo of sell-out local derbies

NatWest T20 BlastNatWest T20 Blast tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now and the Club is anticipating a duo of sell-out local derbies at the height of summer.

Fixtures against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Derby and Yorkshire Vikings at Chesterfield have once again been handed prime dates, and demand is already high.

The visit of neighbours Nottinghamshire to The 3aaa County Ground, a fixture that sold out in advance in 2013, will be played on Friday 26 June; 7pm start. And the visit of Yorkshire to Queen’s Park, Chesterfield is on Sunday 12 July (2.30pm start), a game which saw over 4,000 in attendance in 2014.

The 3aaa County Ground will host four Friday night fixtures in total in 2015, beginning with the visit of Lancashire Lightning on Friday 29 May; 7pm start.

Alongside matchday tickets, supporters can also take advantage of a Six Pack Ticket allowing admittance to any six home days of cricket in 2015, including the group stages of the NatWest T20 Blast competition, for just £72.

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Purpose Media extend partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Purpose MediaEcommerce website and on-line marketing specialists Purpose Media have extended their partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club for a further two years.

Over the last year Purpose Media has benefited from an increase in name awareness and profile from pitchside advertising boards, the opportunity to entertain clients and generate new business from the variety of 1870 Business Club networking events.

The new extended deal will see Purpose Media continue to benefit from these opportunities. In addition, the company has also chosen to be the lead sponsor of the Cricket Club’s annual Golf Day which will take place at Morley Hayes on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

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Big Bash death bowler signs for 2015 NatWest T20 Blast

Nathan RimmingtonDerbyshire have signed experienced Twenty20 fast bowler Nathan Rimmington for the entire 2015 NatWest T20 Blast.

Rimmington will be available for all fixtures in this summer’s competition and will partner both New Zealand international Martin Guptill and Sri Lanka star Tillakaratne Dilshan during the campaign. 

The 32-year-old, who represents Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, has a renowned reputation as a death bowler and is one of the leading wicket takers since the inception of the Big Bash in 2011.

The right-arm seamer, who was named in Cricket Australia’s 2015 Sheffield Shield Team of the Year, has featured in 59 Twenty20 fixtures in total claiming 65 wickets at 21 apiece, with best figures of 5-27 and an economy of just above seven an over. 

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Derbyshire sign Sri Lanka ace Dilshan

Tillakaratne DilshanDerbyshire have signed experienced Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan who will spend two spells with the Club during the 2015 season.

The top order batsman will take over the overseas berth from New Zealand international Martin Guptill and be available for up to four NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and two LV= County Championship matches in June, before leaving for the Caribbean Premier League.

He will return at the beginning of August for the remainder of the season and be available to play in every Derbyshire match in August and September as the county look for a strong finish to the 2015 campaign in all three competitions. 

Dilshan is a vastly experienced international who has competed in 87 Tests for Sri Lanka, scoring 5,492 runs at an average of 40.98 and a high score of 193.

His ODI record is equally impressive hitting 9,796 runs in 312 matches, at an average of 39.82 and a highest score of 161 not out.

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