Full name Thomas Poynton
Born November 25, 1989, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Current age 25 years 245 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 Surrey at Derby, Jun 21-23, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Derby, Jul 16, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Derby, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Leicester, Jul 2, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Derbyshire v Worcestershire at Derby, Jul 17, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1c/0s, 20*||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Derby||27 Jul 2015||LA|
|1*, 1c/0s||Derbyshire||v Somerset||Taunton||26 Jul 2015||LA|
|15, 3c/1s||Derby 2nd XI||v Worcs 2nd XI||Worcester||23 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|2c/0s, 9, 1c/0s, 16*||Derby 2nd XI||v Worcs 2nd XI||Worcester||20 Jul 2015||Other|
|0*, 0c/0s||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Derby||17 Jul 2015||T20|
|0c/1s, 0*||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Chesterfield||12 Jul 2015||T20|
|1c/0s||Derbyshire||v Notts||Nottingham||10 Jul 2015||T20|
|1c/0s, 20*||Derbyshire||v Northants||Chesterfield||5 Jul 2015||T20|
|0c/0s, 16||Derbyshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||3 Jul 2015||T20|
|13*, 0c/0s||Derbyshire||v Notts||Derby||26 Jun 2015||T20|
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 belonging to the club chairman. Tom, who was a passenger in the car, also suffered 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.
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.