Praise for wicketkeeper Durham after heroics against Australia A

Chris Durham
Chris Durham

WICKETKEEPER Chris Durham has been complimented on another impressive performance for Derbyshire after helping secure a draw against Australia A.

Durham, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, took the gloves for the recent match against the touring Australians, but it was his 12 not out with the bat in the second innings which helped Derbyshire draw the three-day fixture at the County Ground.

The 20-year-old’s appearance in the team follows an injury to first-choice wicketkeeper Tom Poynton and the recall of his short-term loan replacement Richard Johnson by Warwickshire following an injury to Tim Ambrose.

Derbyshire’s medical team is hopeful that Poynton could return to fitness in time for this week’s crucial double header against Kent. The Falcons face Kent Spitfires in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition tomorrow (Tuesday), and then start a LV= County Championship fixture against the same opposition two days later.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “We’re gradually easing Tom Poynton back into action and there’s every chance he will make it to fitness in time for the Championship match starting on Thursday.

“If that’s the case, I’d have no issues handing the gloves to Chris Durham for the 40-over match. He’s done himself proud so far.

“But if a full recovery for Tom starts to look unlikely, we will move to bring in a more experienced alternative ahead of the four-day match.

“Wicketkeeper is a specialist position and each county can only pick one, so there are always a few options to consider.”