Derbyshire delighted by Tom Poynton deal

Tom Poynton
Poynton made his first-class debut at the age of 17

Derbyshire chairman Chris Grant is thrilled wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has become the third academy player to sign a professional deal in the past month.

The 21-year-old has signed for three years and follows both Tom Knight and Ross Whiteley in committing his future.

Grant said: "The policy of backing our home-grown cricketers continues and we are delighted.

"Tom couldn't wish for two better mentors than Karl Krikken and Luke Sutton when it comes to wicketkeeping."

Poynton made his first-class debut as a 17-year-old in 2007 prior to winning England Under-19's recognition in 2008 and 2009.

Derbyshire head coach Kark Krikken said: "He is very natural with the gloves and an impressive stroke-maker with the bat.

"He is currently learning a lot from Luke Sutton and we see him as Luke's natural successor behind the stumps."

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