Full name Antonio Paul Palladino
Born June 29, 1983, London
Current age 32 years 98 days
Major teams Namibia, British Universities, Cambridge MCCU, Derbyshire, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Essex Cricket Board
Nickname Dino, Italian Stallion
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Anglia Polytechnic University
|First-class debut||Cambridge UCCE v Essex at Cambridge, Apr 12-14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Essex at Derby, Sep 9-11, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Nottingham, Aug 26, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Essex v Kent at Chelmsford, Jun 24, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Lancashire v Derbyshire at Manchester, Jun 12, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/46||Derbyshire||v Essex||Derby||9 Sep 2015||FC|
|31, 2/55, 2||Derbyshire||v Surrey||The Oval||1 Sep 2015||FC|
|0, 2/21, 1/36||Derbyshire||v Kent||Derby||21 Aug 2015||FC|
|7, 2/43, 0, 3/32||Derbyshire||v Leics||Leicester||7 Aug 2015||FC|
|2/33||Derby 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Belper||30 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|1/83, 82, 0/20||Derbyshire||v Australians||Derby||23 Jul 2015||FC|
|11, 1/25, 3/62||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||18 Jul 2015||FC|
|1/80, 1||Derbyshire||v Glamorgan||Chesterfield||6 Jul 2015||FC|
|2/72||Derby 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Derby||2 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|0/41, 35*, 1/30, 7||Derbyshire||v Surrey||Derby||21 Jun 2015||FC|
Tony Palladino, a bustling seam bowler, wrote himself a significant part on English cricket when he became the whistle-blower in the spot-fixing case at Essex that exposed Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria. He reported his suspicions to the ECB and the subsequent investigation led to a ban for Kaneria and jail-term for Westfield.
Palladino made his county debut against the touring Zimbabweans in June 2003. The following month, in only his second Championship match he took 6 for 41 against a strong Kent side at Canterbury. His career was held up somewhat by a dislocated shoulder in 2006, but after battling through the ranks of the Essex second XI Palladino earned more game time in the senior team. He also expanded his game by signing for Namibia and representing them in domestic competitions in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and proved particularly effective with the ball in the Stanbic Bank Twenty20 Cup in Zimbabwe in 2009-10.
His stock fell at Essex, however, and he played just four first-class games in 2010, failing to cement a place in the first XI bowling attack. He signed a two year contract for Derbyshire after being released by Essex at the end of the 2010 season. He had a character-forming conclusion to his county career as he became involved in exposing corruption during the Mervyn Westfield / Danish Kaneria spot-fixing allegations which caused shockwaves throughout county cricket.
He flourished at his new home to help them seal Championship promotion as Division Two champions in 2012, when he was leading wicket-taker with 56 victims at 24.14. He took a career-best 7 for 53 against Kent at Derby in August.
No mug with the bat, he also registered his maiden first-class century against Australia A in 2012, while his 58 against Hampshire on the second morning of the final Championship match, after going in as nightwatchman, was crucial to Derbyshire clinching victory and the title. Injury meant he missed eight Championship matches in Division One, but what bowling he did brought impessive returns with 23 wickets at 28 apiece, led by 6 for 90 against Durham in September.
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