Full name Matthew James J Critchley
Born August 13, 1996, Preston, Lancashire
Current age 22 years 67 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Derbyshire 2nd XI, England Cricket Board XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education St Michael's High School, Chorley
|First-class debut||Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff, May 3-6, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Gloucestershire at Derby, Sep 24-26, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Derby, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||England Cricket Board XI v India A at Leeds, Jun 17, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Lancashire v Derbyshire at Manchester, May 21, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby, Aug 11, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|26, 10, 2/29||Derbyshire||v Gloucs||Derby||24 Sep 2018||FC|
|2/65, 105, 4/60, 8||Derbyshire||v Middlesex||Lord's||18 Sep 2018||FC|
|6, 1/21, 4||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|26, 0, 0/0||Derbyshire||v Glamorgan||Derby||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|0/89, 15, 1, 1/33||Derbyshire||v Kent||Derby||29 Aug 2018||FC|
|0/82, 8, 3/133, 7||Derbyshire||v Sussex||Hove||19 Aug 2018||FC|
|-||Derbyshire||v Leics||Derby||11 Aug 2018||T20|
|0/7, 13||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Worcester||9 Aug 2018||T20|
|0||Derbyshire||v Northants||Derby||8 Aug 2018||T20|
|3||Derbyshire||v Bears||Derby||3 Aug 2018||T20|
That 2018 was Matt Critchley's breakthrough year was painfully evident for the battle-hardened Yorkshire seamer after he had conceded 19 runs to Critchley in the final over to lose a T20 Blast match at Chesterfield. "Hats off to that lad at the end, great striking," praised Bresnan, only to find that Derbyshire fans now expected him to reference the name of a player who had become the pride of the county.
Critchley, a rangy leg-spinning all-rounder of great potential, became Derbyshire's youngest century-maker in only his second first-class match when he struck a hundred against Northants. By the end of 2018, he had appearances for England Lions and the North on his CV. It was not all progress - to disappear at 10.23 an over in that summer was a disappointing T20 return, but his progress was obvious, if inconsistent.
Critchley began life as a Lancashire age group player and his father was a Level 3 coach - he once put his development down to "a lot of hours in the cold, bowling at my dad". But he failed to win a place at the Old Trafford academy and moved to Derbyshire.
He became Derbyshire's youngest century-maker in 2015, transforming a Derbyshire first innings against Northamptonshire and finishing with 137 not out. Alongside Tom Taylor, he shared a partnership of 162. It was a rare bright spot for Derbyshire in 2015 as a young side struggled. A second Championship hundred followed against Durham at the start of the 2017 season.
Derbyshire's faith in him was illustrated when he signed a four-year contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2020 season. Leg spin was a key component of their Twenty20 side and had also displayed a growing ability to succeed with the bat.
A special performance at Lord's attracted headlines in 2018 when he became Derbyshire's youngest century-maker at the ground, outdoing Stan Worthington whose record had stood for 90 years. He starred, too against Northants with ten wickets in the match to help Derbyshire pull off their first win at Chesterfield for 10 years.