Full name Graeme Welch
Born March 21, 1972, Durham
Current age 43 years 326 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Wellington
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Hetton Comprehensive
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Gloucestershire at Derby, Aug 17-20, 2006 scorecard|
|List A debut||1992|
|Last List A||Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Leicester, Sep 17, 2006 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Nottingham, Jul 11, 2006 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|16||Derbyshire||v Leics||Leicester||17 Sep 2006||LA|
|0/24, 16*||Derbyshire||v Gloucs||Derby||17 Aug 2006||FC|
|9, 1/28, 11, 1/109||Derbyshire||v Somerset||Derby||8 Aug 2006||FC|
|11, 0/41||Derbyshire||v Surrey||Chesterfield||30 Jul 2006||LA|
|11, 1/81, 14||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Chesterfield||26 Jul 2006||FC|
|5, 2/88||Derbyshire||v Leics||Leicester||19 Jul 2006||FC|
|20, 3/72, 13, 3/24||Derbyshire||v Somerset||Taunton||14 Jul 2006||FC|
|0/31||Derbyshire||v Notts||Nottingham||11 Jul 2006||T20|
|0/29||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Derby||10 Jul 2006||T20|
|3/31||Derbyshire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||8 Jul 2006||T20|
The Derbyshire board made an astute appointment in making Graeme Welch captain following Luke Sutton's departure to Lancashire. Welch is one of the more experienced members of the Derbyshire team, having played 156 first-class matches since his debut for Warwickshire in 1994. He is never one to seek the limelight, so his role in the successful Warwickshire team of the mid-nineties is often overlooked.
He has been a reliable bowler since his arrival at Derbyshire, consistently taking 50 first-class wickets a season with his right-arm medium-pace bowling and he can be counted on to bowl 500 overs a season. His vast experience in one-day cricket has been beneficial to Derbyshire: in over 200 matches, his economy rate is 4.39 runs per over. His batting has blossomed since moving here, with his two first-class centuries both coming since 2001.
Welch is the ultimate county professional. He is tireless, sociable and a great team player, and will play an active part in helping the youth of Derbyshire's cricketers develop their game and learn their trade. While at Derbyshire, he has played in a struggling team: that, however, has not dampened his enthusiasm. And under his leadership, Derbyshire broke their four-year run without a home Championship win when they beat Somerset and were in the promotion hunt into the final month of 2006.
He was forced to retire through injury in 2007 but made the switch into coaching by being appointed as Essex's bowling coach in 2008.
Chris Oliver December 2007
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