Full name Ian David Hunter
Born September 11, 1979, Dryburn Hospital, Durham
Current age 36 years 292 days
Major teams Cumberland, Derbyshire, Durham
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education New College, Durham
|Last First-class||Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Northampton, Jul 7-10, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999|
|Last List A||Middlesex v Derbyshire at Lord's, Sep 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Nottingham, Jun 26, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|8, 0/35||Northumb||v Cumberland||Jesmond||29 May 2011||Other OD|
|3/50, 3||Northumb||v Shropshire||Jesmond||8 May 2011||Other OD|
|14, 0/25||Derbyshire||v Middlesex||Lord's||4 Sep 2010||LA|
|2/29||Derby 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Nottingham||25 Aug 2010||Other|
|1/46, 1/50||Derby 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Derby||5 May 2010||Other|
|0/16, 0/16||Derby 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Sutton Coldfield||26 Aug 2009||Other|
|1/27||Derby 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Sutton Coldfield||25 Aug 2009||Other OD|
|0, 0/75, 38||Derby 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Derby||11 Aug 2009||Other|
|3/79||Derby 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Alvaston||10 Aug 2009||Other OD|
|0/40||Derbyshire||v Surrey||Croydon||5 Aug 2009||LA|
A right-arm medium-fast seamer, Ian Hunter grew up just outside Durham and made his start at the county after making his way through the youth ranks with a place in the second XI in 1997. After a couple of seasons, he made his first XI debut in the CGU National League in 1999, and also represented England Under-19 against Australia in three youth Tests in the same year. But for the next five years, he struggled to cement a first-choice spot, and was released by the county at the end of the 2003 season.
He dropped down to the minor counties, playing for Cumberland, and was in the field for them one day when Dave Houghton came to watch the game, chatting to Hunter when he was fielding at the boundary edge. A move to Derbyshire came soon after, and he played his first game for them in the County Championship in late 2004, opening the bowling and picking up three wickets in an eight-wicket loss to Essex.
He enjoyed reasonable success for the county, taking 70 wickets in his first two seasons and earning another two-year contract at the end of 2006, but he struggled to hold down a place in 2007, appearing in a solitary Championship match and a handful of limited overs games. He enjoyed a fuller season in 2008, though his appearances were split between the first and second XIs, and played in seven County Championship games in 2009, taking 21 wickets and picking up a career-best 5-46 in a drawn game against Essex. He duly signed a new contract for 2010, but although he accompanied the team on their pre-season trip to Barbados, he again struggled to find a place in the first XI.
Unusually, Hunter is colour blind, and so struggles to pick the ball up when training indoors.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane