Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
Birth Place: Tower Hamlets, London
High Score: 106 (v Australia A 2012)
Best Bowling Figures: 7-53 (Kent 2012)
Date of Birth: 29/06/1983 (35 years old)
Sponsored by: Owzat
Tony Palladino has been an integral part of Derbyshire’s seam attack since joining from Essex at the end of 2010.
In 2016, he signed a new two-year deal at the Club, keeping him at Derbyshire until end of 2018, which saw him also undertake a new player/coach role at the Club – but he remains an important component to the county’s on-field seam bowling group.
Palladino made his professional debut for Essex against the touring Zimbabweans in June 2003. The following month, in only his second Championship match, he took 6 for 41 against a strong Kent side at Canterbury.
His career was held up somewhat by a dislocated shoulder in 2006, but after battling through the ranks of the Essex Second XI, Palladino earned more game time in the senior team.
He signed a two year contract for Derbyshire at the end of the 2010 season and flourished at his new home to help them seal Championship promotion as Division Two champions in 2012, when he was leading wicket-taker with 56 victims at 24.14. He took a career-best 7-53 against Kent at Derby in August that summer.
No mug with the bat, either, he also registered his maiden first-class century (106) against Australia A in 2012, while his 58 against Hampshire on the second morning of the final Championship match, after going in as nigh-watchman, was crucial to Derbyshire clinching victory and the title in dramatic fashion.
He continued his fine form into the 2013 season, but his appearances were limited, however, due to injury. In total, he featured in eight Championship matches claiming 23 wickets at 28 apiece, including season-best figures of 6-90 against Durham in September.
Palladino passed 300 first-class wickets in the 2015 season as he claimed 31 wickets at an average of 28 apiece. He was also awarded the Briggs of Burton Spirit of Cricket Award in 2015.