New county deals for High Peak cricketers

DERBYSHIRE CCC has secured the services of two of the club’s young talents from the High Peak.

Fast bowler Matt Higginbottom has been awarded an enhanced summer contract at the County Ground.

The 22-year-old, from Hayfield, has cemented an integral role in the Derbyshire 2nd XI side in recent seasons.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old fast bowler Johny Marsden, from Buxton, has earned a summer contract for the first time following an encouraging season for the 2nd XI.

Higginbottom and Marsden are among a host of Derbyshire’s brightest prospects to agree new deals with the county, including all-rounders Peter Burgoyne and Alex Hughes, and fast-bowler Alasdair Evans.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Developing home-grown players at Derbyshire is a fundamental aspect of the future cricket strategy.

“To secure the services of the club’s young talent whilst giving them the environment and encouragement to achieve their potential is pivotal to what we are looking to achieve here.”