Greatest Derbyshire XI: The Spin-Bowling All-Rounders

With the vote for Derbyshire’s Greatest XI open, we take a closer look at the candidates who could make the side. 

With more than 2,500 wickets between them, which of these four spin-bowling all-rounders get into your Derbyshire Greatest XI?

Garnet Lee (1925-1933)

Key stats: 9,652 runs, 313 wickets.

Lee scored 9,652 runs for Derbyshire, including 16 centuries and a high-score of 191. He also claimed 313 wickets, with four five-wicket hauls and best figures of 7-67.

Geoff Miller (1973-1984, 1990)

Key stats: 11,871 runs, 832 wickets, 34 England caps.

Miller scored two centuries on his way to 11,871 runs for the club, while he also took 832 wickets, including 32 five-wicket hauls. The all-rounder passed 100 wickets in a season once, and won the 1981 NatWest Trophy and the 1991 Sunday League.

Arthur Morton (1903-1926)

Key stats: 10,813 runs, 966 wickets.

Morton’s 10,813 runs for Derbyshire included six centuries, while he also claimed 62 five-wicket hauls throughout his Derbyshire career, which garnered 966 wickets, two 100-wicket seasons and best bowling figures of 9-71.

Fred Swarbrook (1967-1979)

Key stats: 4,962 runs, 478 wickets.

Swarbrook scored 4,962 runs for Derbyshire and took 478 wickets, including 14 five-wicket hauls and best bowling figures of 9-20.


Heritage Officer and Statistician, David Griffin explains the process and the criteria for selection.

The structure of the XI is based on historical selection to ensure there is depth in batting, pace and spin bowling. Only one overseas player permitted, with the overseas player that receives the most votes being selected for the overall XI.

The 40 nominees have been selected based on their playing records for Derbyshire with a minimum of five seasons’ service. All statistical information given includes the individual’s performances in all formats of the game – first-class, List A and Twenty20 – up until the end of the 2019 season.

The candidates are listed in alphabetical order and all relevant statistical information is provided to assist with your decision-making.

Click HERE to vote for your Greatest XI.

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