£200,000 cash incentive for Derbyshire cricketers

DERBYSHIRE County Cricket Club’s players are being offered a lucrative cash incentive for winning all three of this season’s domestic competitions.

A £200,000 carrot is being dangled in front of the County Ground players as the result of a new incentive scheme set up by local businessman Peter Gadsby.

Success in all three domestic competitions would see that amount added to the players’ existing prize money by Mr Gadsby’s Ark Capital Group of property and investment companies with £100,000 for winning the Friends Life t20 competition which starts next month, £50,000 for winning the LV = County Championship Second Division title and £50,000 for lifting the Clydesdale Bank 40 over trophy, in which they have made a promising start.

The scheme also offers payments for finishing runners-up in the three competitions and for finishing as the losing semi-finalists in the t20 and 40 over tournaments.

Mr Gadsby said: “The players benefit from having extra incentives and the club benefits because this sort of scheme will inevitably make it more attractive to new talent as they try to achieve higher standards on the field.

“We wanted to make the scheme realistic so we have scaled payments from the bottom up and made it possible for reasonably attainable levels of achievement to be rewarded.”

Derbyshire captain Luke Sutton greeted the new incentives as “a shot in the arm for everybody in the club” and added: “It is not just the additional prize money that benefits the players.

“The knowledge that a major figure in the local business community is committed to supporting you is also important in helping to create good morale.”