DENBY cricketer Peter Burgoyne has penned a new two year contract with Derbyshire.
The 17-year-old all-rounder will represent the Club on summer contract terms whilst completing his education in 2012 before becoming a full-time professional for the following campaign.
Burgoyne has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2011 including two List A appearances for the Falcons and six Under 19 internationals for England against South Africa.
He took two for 36 on Clydesdale Bank 40 debut against Middlesex Panthers at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, before striking the winning runs in an away victory over Kent Spitfires a week later.
Canterbury was also the scene of Burgoyne’s match-winning spell of 4 for 8 as England beat South Africa by two wickets in the sixth One-Day International.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Peter is an excellent executor of skills, he plays cricket in a refreshingly fearless way and he has enjoyed an impressive season in 2011.
“An England Under 19’s call-up was rich reward for a rapid progression in Peter’s game and he did himself and the Club proud during the series against South Africa.
“Peter wasn’t overawed by making his first team debut at the age of 17 – and he also turned in a string of impressive performances in all competitions for the Second XI.
“We have high hopes for Peter’s career and we are delighted he has committed his future to Derbyshire.”
Burgoyne said: “It has been a great year for me and I’m delighted to end it in the knowledge that I’m on the way to becoming a professional cricketer.
“The Derbyshire County Cricket Club Academy has been a fantastic learning experience and it has played a huge part in my development as a player.
“In particular I would like to thank Karl Krikken and Howard Dytham for the role they have played in helping me into this position.
“I will continue to work hard on my game with the aim of retaining my place in the England Under 19’s squad and playing more first team cricket for Derbyshire.”