Derbyshire All-Time Twenty20 XI 2003-2023: Middle order batters

Saturday 28th October 2023
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Derbyshire’s vote for the All-Time Twenty20 side is underway, with voting for certain positions in the team extremely close.

We take a closer look at the middle order batters who have a chance of being selected in the All-Time XI, from players such as left-handers Wavell Hinds and Chesney Hughes, to Falcons’ Twenty20 centurions Greg Smith and Wayne Madsen.Register for Blast Pass!

Madsen’s Derbyshire career statistics across all formats are outstanding – never mind in this format. His 4,117 runs with two centuries and 28 half-centuries put him firmly clear of Wes Durston’s total of 2,114 runs, in second place.

Madsen had a record-breaking campaign in 2023, equalling a world record of five consecutive scores of fifty or more in Twenty20 cricket, as well as a mammoth 580 runs in the season, a new club record for the Falcons.

A trio of left-handers make the Falcons shortlist,  with Hinds and Hughes joined by Leus du Plooy battling it out for contention into the All-Time team.

Wavell Hinds boasts an impressive average of 38.80 across his 20 matches with Derbyshire, accumulating 582 runs in the process, whilst Chesney Hughes has made the fourth-most appearances for the Falcons, with 78, and also sits sixth in terms of total runs scored in the format with 1,420.

Recent captain of the side, du Plooy, will be remembered for his Queen’s Park antics and dismantling the Yorkshire Vikings bowling attack on multiple occasions. With an average over 30 and a strike rate over 140, the recent Hungarian international claimed an incredible 14 catches during the 2023 season.

The last two men – Garry Park and Greg Smith – both played their last Falcons fixture over a decade ago. Smith registered a highest score of 100 not out in 2008 against Yorkshire, forming a partnership worth 149 for the second wicket with Hinds.

Park was able to pass fifty four times in his Twenty20 career for Derbyshire, but provided all-round ability, with his 20 wickets coming at an impressive average of 21.30.

From Scorpions to Phantoms and Falcons, Derbyshire have had some brilliant Twenty20 players, including individuals from all across the world. Ahead of next season, we will announce Derbyshire’s greatest Twenty20 side, drawn up from players who have made outstanding contributions for the county.

For each position, there are different players available to choose from, including their Derbyshire statistics in this format. There is also an option to select the captain of your greatest Derbyshire T20 side, and put forward a ‘twelfth man’ – it maybe somebody you couldn’t quite squeeze into your side, or a player who you think is deserving to be in the original lists!

Voting closed on Sunday 5 November.

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