Derbyshire Abroad: Players start winter campaigns

Monday 30th October 2017
& News
Written by Danny Painter

A number of Derbyshire players will be preparing for the 2018 by playing competitive cricket abroad this winter. We take a look at who’s playing where in this edition of Derbyshire Abroad.

Matt Critchley

The 21-year-old is one of eight players to be awarded a placement this winter as part of the  ECB men’s International Pathway set up and it is the second time he competes in the New South Wales Premier competition.

An all-format player, Critchley has made one first grade and one Twenty20 appearance since arriving in Sydney last week, with a top score of 23.

He will also have the opportunity to train with the New South Wales State squad and receive specialist coaching from Stuart MacGill, who he rejoins after impressing last year under the stewardship of  the former Australia spinner.

Luis Reece

The Derbyshire all-rounder enjoyed a successful first season with the Club, hitting 1,180 runs across all forms, including 433 in the T20 competition at an average of 36.

His blistering campaign in the game’s shortest form earned him a place in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 competition, where he joins up with the Chittagong Vikings ahead of the tournament’s start on Friday 3 November.

Quickly snapped up in the draft, he joins the likes of Luke Ronchi, Misbah-Ul-Haq and England all-rounder Liam Dawson in a strong Vikings side.

Hamidullah Qadri

The 16-year-old, who impressed for England Under 19s in the summer, has been selected for the winter programme in South Africa, with the schedule continuing after Christmas with the ICC Under-19s World Cup in New Zealand.

The Tri-Series against South Africa and Namibia, for which Qadri is selected, gets underway on 23 November, before concluding on 10 December in Potchefstroom.

Hardus Viljoen

28-year-old Viljoen has returned to bizhub Highveld Lions in South Africa, the franchise for which he has been ranked in the top ten on the first-class wicket-takers’ list during the Sunfoil Series.

The fearsome quick recently claimed his 400th first-class wicket and continues to plague batsmen with fast new ball bowling. Since returning to the South Africa domestic campaign, Viljoen has taken six wickets in two matches.

Tom Milnes

Milnes follows Critchley to Australia to play competitive cricket for Murgheboluc Cricket Club, based in Geelong, Victoria. The 25-year-old has travelled to Australia to begin a season down under ahead of returning to the Club in March.

In his three matches to date for the Geelong Cricket Association First Division side, the quick bowler has taken six wickets at an average of 18, including best figures of 4-29.

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