Derbyshire Pathway duo, Archie Harrison and Mitch Wagstaff, have signed rookie contracts with the Club for the 2023.
All-rounder, Harrison, made his Derbyshire List A debut in August’s Royal London Cup victory over Worcestershire at New Road, while the promising youngster scored a match-winning 83 for the Young Lions in a Best vs Best fixture at Loughborough in September.
Wagstaff made his Derbyshire debut in the 2021 Royal London Cup and was a regular member of the matchday squad for the 2022 competition. The left-handed batter scored a half-century against Sri Lanka Under 19s for the Young Lions Invitational XI in August.
Both players picked up awards at the Club’s Player of the Year Gala Dinner, with Harrison being named the Club’s Pathway Player of the Year, while Wagstaff won the Pathway Performance of the Year award for his stunning 198 against Durham in August.
Harrison and Wagstaff are both currently in Australia, where they will play grade cricket to continue their development over the winter months.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “It’s important that we develop and produce local talent in our Pathway, and these two players represent the strength of our young players.
“Both have been on the radar for international call ups and have done well when they’ve had the chance to impress with England, that’s a testament to the kind of characters Daryn Smit is producing within the Academy.
“Both players will train with the first team through pre-season and there will be opportunities throughout 2023 for them to play with experienced players.”
Wagstaff added: “I’ve been in and around the first team for a while now and the group is so welcoming. This is where I feel I have the best chance to develop, as a local lad, and I’m so excited to take my next step with Derbyshire.”
Harrison said: “It’s been a great year for me, so I’m really pleased to sign my rookie contract. For us young players, working with a world-class coaching team, with Mickey Arthur and Daryn Smit, there’s so many opportunities for us to develop and improve.
“To have players in the Young Lions Best vs Best game shows Derbyshire is producing good young players, it’s a great environment for us to be playing in.”
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