Tom signs new deal

Homegrown Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has signed a new three-year contract.

The 22-year-old featured in all but two matches during the recent LV= County Championship Division Two title success, registering two fifties and a maiden first-class century in his inaugural full season of first team cricket, as well as completing 43 dismissals behind the stumps.

Poynton’s 393 four day runs came at an impressive lower-middle order average of 30.23. His 106 versus Northamptonshire came in a partnership of 261 with Ccaptain Wayne Madsen just 23 runs shy of breaking a 102-year-old world record stand for the ninth wicket.

Poynton, 22, who forms a trio of former Repton School students in the current first team squad alongside Ross Whiteley and Paul Borrington, said: “Derbyshire is the county I’ve represented since I was 11 throughout the age groups and committing to another three years on the staff is exactly what I wanted.

“What we achieved last season is something we’re all proud of and – with the average age of the squad so young – we have serious ambitions to build on that success over the next few years.

“The camaraderie at the club is incredible and I’m delighted to stay a part of it for at least another three years.”

Head coach Karl Krikken said: “To be thrown straight into first team wicketkeeping duties with limited first-class experience was a tough ask, but Tom has developed fantastically this summer.

“He’s a home grown cricketer that we’ve backed to succeed and he’s coming good for us by developing into an established first-class player.”