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Full name Thomas Craig Knight
Born June 28, 1993, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Current age 21 years 149 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||Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval, Sep 12-14, 2011 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||Worcestershire v Derbyshire at Worcester, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|36, 0/3, 1||Derby 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Denby||27 Aug 2014||Other|
|0||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|6||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Worcester||25 Jul 2014||T20|
|1/43, 46, 0/46||Derby 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Liverpool||22 Jul 2014||Other|
|0/42, 40||Derby 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Neston||21 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|8*||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||18 Jul 2014||T20|
|27||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Chesterfield||13 Jul 2014||T20|
|44*||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||11 Jul 2014||T20|
|28, 0/15, 24, 2/70||Derby 2nd XI||v Leics 2nd XI||Denby||8 Jul 2014||Other|
|2/39, 11||Derby 2nd XI||v Leics 2nd XI||Denby||7 Jul 2014||Other OD|
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.
Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough