All smiles | Derbyshire County Cricket Club greatly benefited from Essex CCC’s losses. (Image | Derbyshire CCC)

The 2012 season will not live long in the memories of the players, management and supporters of Essex CCC. A forgettable County Championship campaign saw them achieve a mid-table finish, while the side’s previously limited overs form at fortress Chelmsford deserted them. However, for three players deemed surplus to requirements at the County Ground, it was a year they would never forget. Tony Palladino, who jokingly claimed the Essex chairman did not even know his name during his time at the club before leaving in 2010, claimed 56 wickets, fired Derbyshire to promotion into Division 1 of the Championship.

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