Poynton signs on the dotted line in new deal

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Home grown Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has signed a new three year contract.

The 22-year-old featured in all but two matches during the LV= County Championship Division Two title success, registering two fifties and a maiden first-class century in his inaugural full season of first team cricket, as well as completing 43 dismissals behind the stumps.

Poynton’s 393 four-day runs came at an impressive lower-middle order average of 30.23. His 106 versus Northamptonshire came in a partnership of 261 with captain Wayne Madsen, just 23 runs shy of breaking a 102-year-old world record stand for the ninth wicket.

Poynton, 22, who forms a trio of former Repton School students in the current first team squad alongside Ross Whiteley and Paul Borrington, said: “Derbyshire is the county I’ve represented since I was 11 throughout the age groups and committing to another three years on the staff is exactly what I wanted. What we achieved is something we’re all proud of and, with the average age of the squad so young, we have serious ambitions to build on that success. The camaraderie is incredible and I’m delighted to stay a part of it .”