Greatest Derbyshire XI: The Wicketkeepers

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

A world-record holding glovesman, a County Championship winner and three England Test cricketers are candidates to be behind the stumps in the Greatest XI, but who will make your team?

Harry Elliott (1920-1947)

Key stats: 1,176 dismissals, 7,480 runs, four England caps.

Elliott spent more than a decade-and-a-half with Derbyshire, completing 1,176 dismissals and scoring 7,480 runs. He was also a member of the 1936 County Championship winning side.

Joe Humphries (1899-1914)

Key stats: 627 dismissals, 5,134 runs, thee England caps.

Humphries scored 5,134 runs during his time with Derbyshire and completed 627 dismissals, becoming an England international in the process.

George Dawkes (1947-1961)

Key stats: 875 dismissals, 9,868 runs.

Dawkes completed 875 dismissals for Derbyshire and scored 9,868 runs during his spell with the county.

Karl Krikken (1987-2003)

Key stats: 797 dismissals, 7,379 runs.

Krikken spent more than 15 years with Derbyshire, winning both the 1990 RAL Sunday League and 1993 Benson and Hedges Cup during that time. He completed 797 dismissals and scored 7,379 runs for the club.

Bob Taylor (1961-1984)

Key stats: 1,684 dismissals (world-record), 11,681 runs, 57 England caps.

Taylor played for Derbyshire for more than two decades and achieved a world-record 1,684 dismissals. The wicketkeeper scored 11,681 runs for the club and won the 1981 NatWest Trophy, while appearing 57 times for England.


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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