Critchley named in Wisden XI

Tuesday 29th September 2020
Written by Tom Skinner
Photography by: David Griffin

Derbyshire all-rounder Matt Critchley has been named in Wisden’s Under-24 Team of the Bob Willis Trophy.

The 24-year-old adds this latest recognition to a list of accolades this summer which also include winning the club’s Player of the Year Award and achieving career-best figures of 6-73 against Leicestershire.

The final innings bowling performance at The Fischer County Ground asserted the leg spinner as a match-winner for Derbyshire with both bat and ball, his fine spell showing experience and awareness to close out victory.

In total, Critchley claimed 17 wickets in the Bob Willis Trophy – the most of any bowler in the North Group – at an average of 26.88, proving himself to be a reliable partnership-breaker across all five matches.

He also struck 234 runs at an average of 39.00, including one half-century, as he surpassed 50 first-class appearances for the club.

Wisden’s Under-24 Team of the Bob Willis Trophy

Tom Lammonby (Somerset)
Phil Salt (Sussex)
Jordan Cox (Kent)
Charlie Thurston (Northamptonshire)
Eddie Byrom (Somerset)
Matt Critchley (Derbyshire)
Tom Moores (wk) (Nottinghamshire)
Jordan Thompson (Yorkshire)
Sam Cook (Essex)
Josh Tongue (Worcestershire)
Dan Moriarty (Surrey)

Critchley was aged 23 at the start of the Bob Willis Trophy in August 2020.

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