Greatest Derbyshire XI: The Fast Bowlers

Saturday 18th January 2020
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Written by Stephen Martin

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

Our fast-bowling candidates boast more than 10,000 wickets and 146 international Test appearances between them, but which duo will you include in your Greatest XI?

Bill Bestwick (1898-1925)

Key stats: 1,452 wickets, 104 five-wicket hauls.

Bestwick claimed 1,452 wickets for Derbyshire, including 104 five-wicket hauls. He passed 100 wickets in a season four times.

Bill Copson (1932-1950)

Key stats: 1,033 wickets, 65 five-wicket hauls, three England caps.

Copson, and England international, took 1,033 wickets for the club, while he passed 100 wickets in a season three times. The fast bowler was a part of the 1936 County Championship winning side.

Cliff Gladwin (1939-1958)

Key stats: 1,536 wickets, 99 five-wicket hauls, eight England caps.

Gladwin took more than 1,500 wickets for Derbyshire and passed 100 wickets in a season 12 times. The England internationals best bowling figures were 9-41.

Mike Hendrick (1969-1981)

Key stats: 719 wickets, 24 five-wicket hauls, 30 England caps.

Hendrick claimed 719 wickets for the club, including 24 five-wicket hauls. He was a part of the Derbyshire side that won the 1981 NatWest Trophy.

Michael Holding (1983-1989)

Key stats: 378 wickets, 15 five-wicket hauls, 60 West Indies caps.

Holding’s spell with Derbyshire garnered 378 wickets and 15 five-wicket hauls. The fast bowler appeared in 60 Tests for the West Indies.

Les Jackson (1947-1963)

Key stats: 1,672 wickets, 114 five-wicket hauls, two England caps.

Jackson passed 100 wickets in a season ten times for Derbyshire, on his way to 1,672 wickets for the club. The England bowler also claimed 114 five-wicket hauls for the county.

Devon Malcolm (1984-1997)

Key stats: 753 wickets, 25 five-wicket hauls, 40 England caps.

Malcolm won both the 1990 RAL Sunday League and the 1993 Benson and Hedges Cup with Derbyshire. He took 753 wickets, including 25 five-wicket hauls, with best figures of 7-35.

Bill Mycroft (1873-1885)

Key stats: 544 wickets, 56 five-wicket hauls.

Mycroft took 544 wickets for Derbyshire, including 56 five-wicket hauls and best bowling figures of 9-25.

Harold Rhodes (1953-1975)

Key stats: 1,047 wickets, 42 five-wicket hauls, two England caps.

Rhodes claimed 1,047 wickets for the club over the course of two decades, with 42 five-wicket hauls and three 100-wicket seasons. His best bowling figures were 7-38.

Arnold Warren (1897-1920)

Key stats: 918 wickets, 70 five-wicket hauls, one England cap.

Warren’s 918 wickets for Derbyshire included 70 five-wicket hauls and two 100-wicket seasons. His best bowling figures were 8-69.

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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