A problem looms large on the horizon for Derbyshire County Cricket if they have another week like this one. They’ll need to order some new pens, as they will be running out of ink from all the players signing contract extensions.
Today saw another of the county’s crop of talented youngsters sign on the dotted line. Shiv Thakor extended his contract for 1 more year, joining Tom Taylor and Wayne Madsen in committing themselves to the club until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Thakor, who joined the club from Leicestershire on a two-year deal at the end of the 2014 season, made a promising start to his Derbyshire career, contributing in all formats. However, it was in white ball cricket that he made the biggest contribution, finishing the season as Derbyshire’s leading wicket taker in both the Royal London cup and Natwest T20 Blast competitions with 11 and 15 wickets respectively.
Thakor also made valuable contributions with the bat, showing great promise lower down the order. He will be looking to contribute with more weight of runs and wickets this season, and this will come as he develops as a player. It was something he recognised as, on signing his contract extension, he said: “I’m thrilled to sign a new deal at Derbyshire. Graeme and his coaching team have been great since I joined and I feel my game will only improve under them.
“I’m looking forward to what is a big year for the Club and I hope I can consistently contribute towards positive team performances in all formats.”
Elite Performance Director Greame Welch will be delighted to have another of his young stars committed to the club for the coming seasons. His excitement shone through as he commented on Thakor’s signing today: “Shiv is another exciting young talent we have at the Club, who has already shown the ability to positively impact games.
“He’s a versatile player who is constantly improving his game. He now has a big summer ahead to build on the experiences of 2015 and the hard work he has put in over the winter.”
With the likes of Thakor, Hughes, Hossein, Taylor and Madsen committing their futures to the club over the winter, it will mean Welch can build a team and allow it to grow and develop, safe in the knowledge that his players are not going anywhere; future proofing Derbyshire County Cricket Club for years to come by filling the side with exciting young cricketers and established players, to help them develop and grow into a side capable of winning silverware in all formats of the game.
Today also saw the club announce that it was running at a financial surplus for the fifth consecutive year. This, coupled with the news earlier in the winter that the Women’s world cup will be coming to Derby, shows the club is doing as well off the field as they aspire to do on it.
It would appear that running out of pens is the only problem Derbyshire have at the moment. Success off the field, both established and young players happy to commit their futures to the club and the ability to attract exciting overseas players shows the club is well run and a happy place to be. If the promise and success that has been shown away from the game over the winter months is mirrored on the field during the Summer months, it could be a very exciting season ahead for the club, its players and supporters.