Full name Thomas Craig Knight
Born June 28, 1993, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Current age 22 years 65 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Derbyshire 2nd XI, Derbyshire Under-15s, Derbyshire Under-17s, England Under-19s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|First-class debut||Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff, Jun 27-30, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Australians at Derby, Jul 23-25, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield, Aug 14, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Northampton, Aug 11, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Nottingham, Jun 3, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Derbyshire v Worcestershire at Derby, Jul 17, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|32||Derby 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Chester-le-Street||27 Aug 2015||Other OD|
|56*||Derby 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Chesterfield||21 Aug 2015||Other OD|
|34, 1||Derby 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Denby||3 Aug 2015||Other|
|69||Derby 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Belper||30 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|25, 16||Derby 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Swarkestone||27 Jul 2015||Other|
|0/21, 3||Derbyshire||v Australians||Derby||23 Jul 2015||FC|
|75*, 0/6, 0*||Derby 2nd XI||v Worcs 2nd XI||Worcester||20 Jul 2015||Other|
|21||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Derby||17 Jul 2015||T20|
|-||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Chesterfield||12 Jul 2015||T20|
|-||Derbyshire||v Notts||Nottingham||10 Jul 2015||T20|
Tom Knight could claim to be from the Yorkshire production line of orthodox left-arm spinners due to his Sheffield birthplace but his affinity has always been across the border with Derbyshire, where he has developed through their academy. Derbyshire believed Knight had a bright future after seeing him demonstrate not only talent but determination since making his first appearance for the county at Under-15 level in 2008.
He made his senior debut as a 17-year-old in a 50-over friendly against Cambridge MCCU and took 7 for 153 on his second appearance, in a three-day friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCCU before enjoying an extended run in the first team that encompassed 10 matches in the Friends Life t20 and a first-class debut against Glamorgan in Cardiff, during which he claimed his maiden first-class wickets the day after his 18th birthday. His nine wickets in t20 included 3 for 16 against Worcestershire at Derby and he finished his debut season by taking 4 for 50 in the second innings against Surrey at The Oval on his second Championship appearance.
Alongside his county success came selection for England Under-19s and while he made a good impression during a one-day series against South Africa Under-19s it came with a stark warning about his fitness levels, as a result of which he was spurred into a diet and winter training regime that resulted in him shedding two and half stones in weight before the start of the 2012 season.
Although his opportunities to progress with Derbyshire were fewer in 2012 after the arrival of David Wainwright from Yorkshire, his self-discipline in addressing his fitness issue was rewarded by selection for England in the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. He gained regular limited-overs cricket the following year.
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