January 15, 1972, Lisburn, Co Antrim
Right hand bat
Right arm medium
Derek is one of 1996's debutantes. He very quickly showed that nerves are not something that trouble him! In his first match against Surrey, in the Benson & Hedges Cup, he found himself walking to the wicket with the score on 17 for 5. However, he rapidly added 45 for the 6th wicket with Neil Doak, of which his share was 36.
In his third match against M.C.C. at Malahide he came to the wicket with the score a somewhat healthier 127 for 5 and scored 73 out of a partnership of 108 with Kyle McCallan, seeing Kyle to his 100.
He suffered towards the latter part of the season with injury, primarily shin splints which cut his season short. However, back and fit again he should be a leading contributor to Ireland's I.C.C. campaign.
Batting & Fielding
Debut/Last Matches - Player