Cricket Derbyshire Academy

The Cricket Derbyshire Academy, headed up by Head of Talent Pathway, Daryn Smit, will see the club working directly with young cricketers from the age of 13 upwards at The Incora County Ground.

The Academy players will work closely with Head of Cricket Dave Houghton and Assistant & Bowling Coach Steve Kirby, while former England international Mal Loye will also play a key role across their entire development pathway.

Smit said: “My goal was always to go into coaching and this is a brilliant opportunity for me, at this stage in my career. To finish playing now to take this role is a small sacrifice to make.

“I have had a long and enjoyable playing career, the club have been brilliant to me, so this is a chance for me to give back to them and the youngsters that are coming through our pathway.”

Nils Priestley is the latest Academy graduate to earn a deal with the club, signing a contract for the 2020 season after impressing with the Second XI.

He follows in the footsteps of Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Sam Conners and Harvey Hosein in coming through the ranks and will now look to earn a place in the first team.

Priestley said: “I’m really pleased to have signed but the hard work does not stop here, I know that I’ve got to keep driving myself forward and take my chances.

“This club means a lot to me, I’m really proud to represent Derbyshire, and I can’t wait to get started again next season.”

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