DERBYSHIRE’S Matthew Higginbottom is hoping for a “big year” as he eyes a coveted place in the first-team.
Higginbottom, a left-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, is on a summer contract at the County Ground.
And he is aiming to bounce back after a frustrating 12 months which saw him miss most of last season through injury.
“The last 12 months have been quite difficult,” admitted the 21-year-old, speaking at the county club’s annual media day ahead of the start of the new season.
“Hopefully it’s going to help me come back strongly. I’ve had a good winter working away at university getting fit, and I feel in good shape.
“I want to try and contend for a first-team spot, but mainly I’ll be looking to progress through the second team and pick up some good wickets.”
Former New Mills School pupil Higginbottom began playing cricket as a junior for his local club Hayfield in the Derbyshire & Cheshire League, before rising through the Derbyshire ranks.
Higginbottom also plays for Leeds/Bradford MCC University, and featured in the sides which recently ran Surrey and Yorkshire close in the university side’s first-ever first-class fixtures.