Dream debut

Buxton v Woodley, Buxton's Johnny Marsden celebrates the first of his five wickets
Buxton v Woodley, Buxton's Johnny Marsden celebrates the first of his five wickets

A BUXTON teenager has made a dream debut for Derbyshire County Cricket Club after taking six wickets in his first two innings for the club’s second team.

Jonathan Marsden (pictured below) was unexpectedly called-up to play for the Second XI against Worcestershire at Kidderminster last week.

The seamer’s first four overs in the senior county game were maidens, and he went on to record figures of 3-30 from 17 overs in the first innings, and 3-18 off ten overs in the second innings. The match eventually finished in a draw.

And following on from this stunning performance, Marsden was this week invited to bowl in the nets against the England Lions and Sri Lanka, ahead of the two teams meeting today (Thursday) at Derby.

Marsden, 18, of Temple Road, Buxton, is a product of the junior section at Buxton Cricket Club, having risen through the ranks at The Park.

Tim Budd, Chairman of Buxton CC, said: “Johnny has been a keen participant in all the age groups within our junior section and was identified early by the club’s coaches as an outstanding prospect.

“We are delighted with this success and wish him all the best for a long and successful career at representative level.”

Marsden, who is captain of his cricket team at Kings School in Macclesfield, where he studies, has previously represented Derbyshire at both under-15 and under-17 level. He has also played for the Derbyshire Academy side, despite not being an actual member of the academy.

He is next expected to play for the Derbyshire Academy side today (Thursday) against a Leeds/Bradford University side.