Full Name

Luis Michael Reece

Born

August 04, 1990, Taunton, Somerset

Age

33y 352d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Left arm Medium

Playing Role

Allrounder

Allrounder Luis Reece has proved himself a consistent performer for Derbyshire with bat and ball, capable of game-changing bursts of form. He scored a century on first-class debut for the club in 2017 and was a key member of the Derbyshire T20 side that secured a first-ever Finals Day appearance in 2019.

The summer of 2019 saw Reece at his best across all formats: he scored 944 first-class runs to go with 55 wickets - which included a career-best 184 and 5 for 63 in the same match against Sussex - was third in the club's T20 run charts, and also produced a maiden List A hundred. The majority of his runs have been scored at opener but his versatility means he can bat anywhere in the top seven, and in T20 has led to appearances in the Bangladesh Premier League, as well as a Hundred contract with London Spirit.

In 2023, aged 33, Reece produced his most-prolific campaign yet. He passed 1000 first-class runs for the first time, averaging 87.33, and notched a career-best 201 not out against Glamorgan as part of a record opening stand for Derbyshire alongside Harry Came. That came near the start of a run of seven consecutive 50-plus scores - another club record - which included becoming the first player in the history of the County Championship to score four hundreds against one county (Glamorgan) in the same season.

Reece joined the Lancashire academy in 2008 but it was across the Pennines in Leeds in 2012 that he gave notice of the other component of his game - an ability to bowl left-arm medium pace to considerable effect - when he took 7 for 21 for Leeds/Bradford MCCU in a three-day friendly against Sussex, at one time having figures of 5 for 0 from five overs. Spells for the Unicorns in the county 40-over competition also helped him reawaken Lancashire's interest. After averaging 64.60 with the bat for Lancashire's 2nd XI he signed a professional contract for 2013.

Reece made an immediate impact when he opened the innings for Lancashire in the Championship, averaging 55.53 and being named as the county's Young Player of the Year as they won promotion from Division Two. Sign of the interest he had generated came when he represented MCC in Abu Dhabi prior to the 2014 season. A rise in standards, though, proved more difficult for him to combat and he failed to retain his place as his average took a battering. A knee injury slowed his progress with the ball.

His 2015 season was disrupted when he broke a hand thumping the dressing room wall in frustration at a poor run of form and a dubious lbw decision, and at the end of another unproductive summer in 2016 he joined Derbyshire in the hope of getting his career back on track. He did just that, scoring healthily in the Championship, despite a viral-induced heart scare which saw him hospitalised after pulling up while bowling during a match against Northants at Northampton. He enjoyed a prolific T20 Blast campaign, in his first full season in the format, scoring 433 runs and four fifties - a joint Derbyshire record - and a career-best 97 not out against his former county, as if to emphasise that they had overlooked his T20 potential.

He suffered a broken foot in 2018, but his rehab was rewarded at the end of the season when he startled even himself with a career-best 7 for 20 against some undistinguished Gloucestershire batting at Derby.
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Luis Reece Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC107192186153201*35.361233749.87133380122470
List A55515163013635.43191185.2931016724160
T20s101985204097*21.931567130.1801619576430

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC107129884847351547/207/3830.743.2157.4540
List A554514691447364/354/3540.195.9140.8200
T20s101607331067333/333/3332.338.7322.2000

Recent Matches of Luis Reece

Photos of Luis Reece

Luis Reece batted through the day as Sue Redfern made her Championship debut
Luis Reece gets low to scoop
Luis Reece swats the ball leg side
Luis Reece dashes a single in Derbyshire's run chase
Luis Reece made his first appearance of the Hundred
Luis Reece goes on the attack