Priestley signs Derbyshire deal

All-rounder Nils Priestley has signed a one-year deal with Derbyshire for the 2020 season.

The 19-year-old begins a place on the Loughborough MCCU programme, and will join up with the Derbyshire squad in April ahead of the 2020 season.

Priestley, a graduate of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby, featured regularly for the Second XI throughout 2019.

He scored 136 runs in the Second XI Championship, including one half-century, while he also struck 84 against Northamptonshire in July.

He follows in the footsteps of Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Sam Conners and Harvey Hosein in coming through the ranks and will now look to earn a place in the first team.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, said: “Nils has impressed us in the Second XI and deserves this opportunity.

“He has a lot of talent and now has the chance to develop and recognise his potential.”

Priestley added: “I’m really pleased to have signed but the hard work does not stop here, I know that I’ve got to keep driving myself forward and take my chances.

“This club means a lot to me, I’m really proud to represent Derbyshire, and I can’t wait to get started again next season.”

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