Academy Players

Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby


Established in September 2003, the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby gives talented young cricketers an unparalleled opportunity to benefit from professional cricket training and education whilst still at school or college.

The Academy aims to make the club self-sufficient in terms of bringing through our own home-grown players and preparing them for a future in the professional game.



The Academy training season takes place during the winter months; commencing in early November through to April. Each week the Academy players attend sessions to develop their skills through group and individual work.

The Academy syllabus incorporates classroom based tuition including cricket knowledge, the principles of strength & conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology and performance lifestyle training alongside the practical coaching sessions; fielding and in the nets.


Year-round support includes ongoing visits from the Sports Psychologist and Personal Development & Welfare Staff during the summer months.

During the cricket season the Academy play around 20 days of cricket as an Academy side. They attend occasional practice sessions and individual sessions are always available.


Cricket Derbyshire launched its 2014 Academy programme in partnership with the University of Derby in October 2013 - with seven promising youngsters returning to make up the 2014 Cricket Derbyshire Academy.

The intake includes seven returning Academy Members who will have the opportunity to work with the dedicated Academy and first team coaching staff as they continue their developments with the Club.

The selected players will spend the winter working on their skills and taking lifestyle advice before embarking on a summer of cricket under the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby banner.

The continuing partnership with the University of Derby, including the sponsorship of the county’s LV= County Championship shirt, will see Cricket Derbyshire once again support the University of Derby’s Team Derby cricket team as part of the first University/Academy cricket partnership in the country.

The Club is dedicated in producing local home-grown talent and five graduates – Tom Poynton, Ben Slater, Matt Higginbottom, Alex Hughes and Peter Burgoyne – played vital roles as Derbyshire claimed their first top flight victory for over a decade during a historic 2013 campaign. 

In total, eight Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby graduates featured for Derbyshire in 2013 both in the four-day and limited over sides.

The Club has also announced that Academy graduates Ben Cotton, Greg Cork, Jonathan Marsden and Tom Taylor have been awarded summer contracts for 2014 which will allow them to continue their progressions alongside the senior side. 

Academy member Harvey Hosein is currently part of the ECB’s prestigious England Development Programme at under-17’s level, whilst former Academy duo Danielle Wyatt and Georgia Elwiss both played their parts in the 2013 Women’s Ashes triumph.


Date Opponents Start Venue Match Type
Sun 13th April Ticknall CC 11am Ticknall CC  Challenge
Sun 27th April A&B CC 11am A&B CC Challenge
Wed 30th April Northants 11am Desborough Town CC Friendly
Thur 1st May Northants 11am Desborough Town CC Friendly
Sun 4th May Marehay CC 11am Marehay CC Challenge
Mon 5th May Chesterfield (Mayors Cup) 10am Chesterfield CC Mayors Cup
Mon 19th May Yorkshire 11am Staveley CC (TBC) Friendly
Sun 1st June Swarkestone CC 12.30pm Swarkestone CC Prem Cup
Sun 15th June Spondon CC 11am Spondon CC Challenge
Wed 9th July Africaans High School 11am TBC Friendly
Fri 11th July Africaans High School 11am TBC Friendly
Sun 13th July Alfreton CC 11am Alfreton CC Challenge
Mon 14th July  Army 11am Denby CC Friendly
Fri 18th July Warwickshire 11am  TBC Friendly
Thur 31st July North Staffs & South Cheshire League 11am  TBC Friendly
Sun 10th August Chesterfield CC 11am Chesterfield CC Challenge
3rd or 17th August (TBC) Denby CC 11am Denby CC Challenge
18th + 19th August Durham  11am Denby Friendly
21st + 22nd August  Leicestershire Academy 11am Ticknall CC  Friendly
Sun 24th August Lullington Park CC 11am Lullington Park CC Challenge



HarveyHoseinYears on Academy: Third Year

Club: Matlock Cricket Club 

Role: Wicketkeeper/Batsman

Experience: Selected for the ECB's England Development Programme for under-17s and played Second XI County Cricket in 2010 at the age of 13.

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy




MykyloBirdYears on Academy: Third Year

Club: Chesterfield

Role: Batsman/Wicketkeeper

Experience: Midlands Under-15’s in 2011.

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy




WillDavisYears on Academy: Fourth Year

Club: Denby Cricket Club

Role: Right-arm seamer

Experience: Selected for the ECB's England Development Programme for under-17s having previously represented the Midlands Under-15s.

Route to Academy: Staffordshire Cricket



CallumBrodrickYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Dunstall Cricket Club

Role: Batsman/Wicketkeeper

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy




RobHemmingsYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Audley Cricket Club

Role: Right-arm swing bowling all-rounder

Route to Academy: Staffordshire Youth Cricket




RahibAliYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Dalvaston & Boulton Cricket Club

Role: Batsman

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy 2nd XI




HarryKilloranYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club

Role: Off-spinner

Route to Academy: Cheshire Youth Cricket


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