The 22-year-old featured in all but two matches during the recent LV= County Championship Division Two title success, registering two fifties and a maiden first-class century in his inaugural full season of first team cricket, as well as completing 43 dismissals behind the stumps.
Poynton’s 393 four day runs came at an impressive lower-middle order average of 30.23. His 106 versus Northamptonshire came in a partnership of 261 with Captain Wayne Madsen; just 23 runs shy of breaking a 102-year-old world record stand for the ninth wicket.
Poynton, 22, who forms a trio of former Repton School students in the current first team squad alongside Ross Whiteley and Paul Borrington, said: “Derbyshire is the county I’ve represented since I was 11 throughout the age groups and committing to another three years on the staff is exactly what I wanted.
Derbyshire’s new interpretation of the traditional rose and crown crest has been revealed today; a combination of embracing the Club’s rich heritage dating back to 1870 - and looking forward to the future.
The new logo, designed along with the 'Proud to be Derbyshire' branding in partnership with Derby-based marketing agency Origination, features each of the Club’s original colours: light blue, chocolate brown and amber, together with the now traditional dark blue cricketing colour.
The embracing of the traditional colours – and the Proud to be Derbyshire campaign – was inspired by the comments of Walter Boden at the very launch of the Club way back in 1870.
"I propose that a cricket club be formed representing the whole strength of the county, to be called The Derbyshire County Cricket Club." Walter Boden, 4th November 1870.
1. What you been up to since the season finished?
I had an operation as soon as the season ended, a double hernia, so I’ve just been recovering from that!
2. How was the experience of parading the trophy at Pride Park?
Fantastic. It was amazing to see the people of Derby getting behind us and it made me very proud to be showing off our great achievement.
3. One prized wicket you want to take in the First Division next season?
Prized wicket is definitely Marcus Trescothick. He's still someone I regard highly in the county game and after playing with him for 4 years, I would love to claim that prized dismissal.
The 31-year-old becomes the fourth player in a week to pledge his future to the Club in the wake of securing the LV= County Championship Second Division title after Ross Whiteley, Tony Palladino and Jonathan Clare also penned three year deals.
Durston is the most seasoned player on the staff at the County Ground having made his debut for Somerset back in 2002.
By Jake Needham
The victorious Derbyshire players continued to bask in the appreciation shown to them on the back of claiming the LV=CC Division Two title by accepting the kind offer to parade the trophy they claimed so dramatically on the final day of the 2012 season at Chesterfield FC’s home match against Torquay last Saturday.
Coming only a week after being asked to do the same at Pride Park before the visit of Burnley, Tony Palladino, Paul Borrington, David Wainwright and Peter Burgoyne seized the chance to soak up the excellent response shown to them by the supporters at the Proact Stadium.
The Club has moved swiftly to build for the future following the recent LV= County Championship Division Two triumph, with Clare following the example of Ross Whiteley and Tony Palladino in signing during the past week.
Affiliated with Derbyshire since leaving Lancashire in 2005, Clare went on to join the professional staff shortly after achieving a five wicket haul on his first-class debut versus Nottinghamshire in 2007.
The 26-year-old has since become a consistent performer taking 135 wickets in the four day game at 26.75 apiece and contributing middle-order runs at an average of 26.5.
The Comic Relief funded community project welcomed students (aged 13-17) from a combination of Derby Moor and Chesterfield Springmoor Community Colleges, all of whom have a possible future in sports leadership.
As well as fulfilling its objective of using sport to unify youngsters, Derbyshire swimmer Ross Davenport was on hand, along with Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey, to welcome the youngsters and project leader Yvonne Luce to the Cricket Club.
Palladino was a star performer with the ball during the Club’s title-winning summer, taking 56 first-class wickets as Derbyshire garnered more bowling points than any other in the division.
Enjoying his finest hour with a game changing seven wicket spell versus Kent, the 29-year-old recorded three five-wicket hauls during the 2012 campaign.
The 24-year-old, who followed the recent LV= County Championship triumph with selection for the England Sixes side, becomes the first player that starred in the title winning team to commit to a new deal as the Club focuses on securing the future of key players in the wake of promotion.
Whiteley, who is a graduate of the Club’s Academy, scored 498 runs and took 20 wickets in first-class cricket in 2012, as well as catching the eye with a fine unbeaten half-century versus South Africa in August.
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