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Derbyshire add four coaches to backroom team

Graeme Welch: Long-term ambition at Derbyshire

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Derbyshire have continued their restructure behind the scenes after making four new appointments to their coaching set-up.

John Sadler, Simon Guy, Cookie Patel and Ant Botha have been added to the backroom team at the County Ground and will assist current coaches Stephen Stubbings and AJ Harris.

Elite cricket performance director Graeme Welch will lead the seam bowling coaching and will be assisted by Harris, who will also work with the club academy.

Sadler, who runs his own coaching academy in Yorkshire, has been named batting coach and will be supported by Stubbings.

Former Derbyshire captain Botha has returned from his coaching position in Australia to work with the club's spin bowling group, while ECB women's fielding coach Patel joins as a specialist fielding coach and Guy as specialist wicketkeeping coach.

Ambition

Former Warwickshire coach Welch said: "The new elite performance coaching structure shows our long-term ambition.

"We're delighted with the calibre of coaches we've been able to attract and it's notable that our management and support team now boasts a combined total of way over 700 first-class appearances.

"Every member of the elite coaching team has earned their place. They're all leaders within their disciplines and will bring great knowledge and expertise to the team.

"It will give our players, from grassroots right through to the professional game, the best possible preparation and support."