Club to host Second XI open trials

Saturday 17th December 2022
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Derbyshire County Cricket Club is set to host open trials for the Second XI in 2023.

Led by Second XI Coach & Head of Analytics, Chris Highton, and with involvement from former Derbyshire all-rounder, and new Analyst & Support Coach, Alex Hughes, the Second XI will provide players with the opportunity to play high level cricket and work to the standards expected by Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, in the first team.

The Club’s pathway, which is headed by Daryn Smit, continues to produce first-team players as Sam Conners, who was recently selected for the England Lions squad, as well as Nick Potts, Mitch Wagstaff and Archie Harrison, all of whom made their first team debuts in recent seasons. Its prospects will feature regularly in Second XI cricket throughout the summer, while open trials allow for wider opportunities for talented cricketers in the local area and beyond.

The trials are open to anyone over age of 18, players must be based in the UK and holding a British or EU Passport. Interested players would preferably have recent experience of playing First XI Club Cricket or above.

To register your interest, email: [email protected]

Looking ahead to the trials, Highton said: “Producing players through our Pathway to play in the Second XI, and ultimately the first team, is our foremost aim, but we want to give players from further afield, late developers, or those locally who have not been part of the Academy setup, the opportunity to show they could make an impact within our side.

“We want to develop a winning mentality within the Second XI, in the same way Mickey has with the first team, and with these trials, we have the opportunity to find hungry, talented players, who will buy into that ethos and could be an unearthed gem.”

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