Full name Thomas Poynton
Born November 25, 1989, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Current age 26 years 187 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Derbyshire 2nd XI, England Under-19s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Middlesex v Derbyshire at Southgate, Jul 8-11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Kent at Derby, May 22-25, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Derby, Jul 16, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Derbyshire v Worcestershire at Derby, Aug 18, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Leicester, Jul 2, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Northampton, May 27, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|37*, 0c/0s||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||27 May 2016||T20|
|10, 3c/0s, 3, 0c/0s||Derbyshire||v Kent||Derby||22 May 2016||FC|
|0c/0s||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||21 May 2016||T20|
|0c/0s||Derby 2nd XI||v Unicorns||Long Marston||19 May 2016||Other T20|
|0c/1s, 8||Derbyshire||v Essex||Chelmsford||15 May 2016||FC|
|6, 1c/0s||Derbyshire||v Sussex||Derby||8 May 2016||FC|
|10, 0c/0s||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||1 May 2016||FC|
|2c/0s, 36*, 0c/0s||Derbyshire||v Glamorgan||Derby||24 Apr 2016||FC|
|53, 1c/0s||Derbyshire||v Gloucs||Bristol||17 Apr 2016||FC|
|8*, 1c/0s||Derbyshire||v Durham MCCU||Derby||11 Apr 2016||Other|
Personal tragedy struck for Tom Poynton only a few days before the start of the 2014 season when his father Keith died in a car accident while driving a Ferrari loaned out by the club chairman, Chris Grant, who had bought it that day. Tom, who was a passenger in the car, also suffered serious leg injuries. It was an emotional period for the entire Derbyshire club and Poynton, who missed the entire season and needed an ankle operation, found a role for Derbyshire promoting community projects. He returned to indoor training in November with the intention of furthering his cricketing career.
Poynton did return in 2015, playing five Championship matches to general delight, but he was desperately short of runs, averaging only 5, in what looked bound to be a challenging time.
A young and highly-regarded wicketkeeper with a talent that has been nurtured by Derbyshire since he was 11, Poynton made his first-team debut during the 2007 Twenty20 group stages when James Pipe was injured. Although his first match lasted just 7.3 overs and in his next outing, against Yorkshire, he scored just three, the county still handed him a Championship debut in July against Middlesex. He made a pair batting at No. 8.
Nonetheless, it was a memorable season which saw him make eight first team appearances in all competitions, impressing with his tidy work behind the stumps enough to see him labelled as a star of the future. He was part of England's Elite Player programme in 2008, and travelled to South Africa with England Under-19 early the following year.
Poynton found more opportunities at first-team level hard to come by. He made four appearances in the Championship in 2010 but the return of Luke Sutton meant he did not figure at all in four-day cricket in 2011. However, Sutton's retirement at the end of that season pushed him to the fore as first choice for 2012 and he seized his chance impressively as one of a crop of young home-grown players in which Derbyshire had put their faith.
Once again, though, he faced competition for his place, this time from Richard Johnson who moved over from Warwickshire, initially on loan but then permanently at the end of 2012. He responded ably, his improvement as a batsman reflected in a maiden century against Northamptonshire, when he and Wayne Madsen shared an epic partnership of 261 that was only 23 runs short of breaking the 102-year-old world record for the ninth wicket. He kept the gloves for the 2013 season, although Johnson, in the side as a specialist batsmen, represented stiff competition.
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