Durham impresses on debut

Wicketkeeper Chris Durham made an impressive debut for Derbyshire County’s 1st XI last weekend.

Chris, a former Chapel-en-le-Frith High School pupil, did not concede a single bye and was considered “very tidy” by insiders at the club when he played against Yorkshire Carnegie, at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday.

With the bat, Chris was thrust into the midst of a pretty hopeless-looking run chase and scored zero.

Right-hand batsman Durham has played age-group cricket for Derbyshire since the age of ten.

The 20-year-old graduated from Derbyshire’s academy and made eight second XI appearances for the County Ground side.

Chris’s ambition has always been to play professional cricket, and he is currently studying psychology on a Derbyshire County Cricket Club-sponsored scholarship at the University of Derby.

As a junior he quickly rose through the ranks at Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League side Chapel-en-le-Frith Cricket Club before joining Cheadle Hulme in 2008.

He twice won the High Peak Cricket Society’s annual Geoffrey Woolley Trophy, awarded to the best-performing local junior cricketers.