Derbyshire players abroad this winter

Sunday 2nd October 2016
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Matt Critchley, Ben Slater, Alex Hughes and Neil Broom will be based in Australia and New Zealand this winter as they prepare for the new season with Derbyshire. 

It was announced earlier this month that Critchley is one of nine players to be awarded an Overseas Placement, as part of the ECB’s men’s International Pathway set up, that will see him play cricket in Sydney and receive specialist coaching.

The placement is designed to help young talented crickets develop their independence as well as their cricketing skills, and they will work closely with local experts such as  former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.

Joining Critchley in travelling to Australia this winter are Slater and Hughes, who will train together and turn out for Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club in the Victorian Premier Cricket League – the highest level of competition in the state.

Broom, who signed a two-year deal with Derbyshire ahead of the 2016 season, will again play first-class cricket for Otago Volts this winter, after the side signed him as their overseas player for the season. Last year, Broom topped the run-scoring charts for the Volts in all formats.

The three Cricket Derbyshire Academy, in partnership with the University of Derby graduates will return to Derbyshire for the closing stages of pre-season, whilst Broom will be available for the beginning of the new campaign.

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