Top county appointment for cricket stalwart Geoff Miller

Derbyshire Cricket Club's newly appointed president Geoff Miller.

Derbyshire Cricket Club's newly appointed president Geoff Miller.

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Derbyshire Cricket Club has confirmed that Geoff Miller OBE is to be voted as the club’s president after its Annual General Meeting later this month.

The Supervisory Board unanimously supported the nomination of the former Derbyshire Captain and England & Wales Cricket Board National Selector for the position.

Miller, who was born in Chesterfield, played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side.

The all-rounder took 888 wickets and scored 12,027 runs, including two centuries, in 283 career first-class matches. Miller’s county form earned him an international call-up where he claimed 60 wickets and scored 1,213 runs in 34 Tests for England. He enjoyed success as ECB National Selector, overseeing England’s rise to number one in Test and 50-over formats.

Miller said: “I am grateful to Chairman Chris Grant and the Supervisory Board for nominating me and I’m looking forward to my term. It is an honour, a privilege and a pleasure to serve the county in this way.”

Geoff Miller succeeds outgoing president Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Willie Tucker.

Mr Grant said: “Willie was the first president to serve his term as part of the new governance structure. We’re very grateful for his support in spreading the message across the county about the progress we’re making as a club. Geoff is the ideal person to take over the reins at a time when we are implementing our Elite Performance model. With his vast experience inside the ECB, he is uniquely placed to offer advice when called upon in our quest to produce an England player.”