Derbyshire wicketkeeper could return for crucial double header

Derbyshire Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton could return to fitness in the nick of time ahead of this week’s crucial double header versus Kent.

Short-term loan replacement Richard Johnson has been recalled by Warwickshire following an injury to Tim Ambrose.

But the Derbyshire medical team are hopeful another loan signing won’t be required as the Falcons face Kent Spitfires in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition on tomorrow (Tuesday, 4.40pm), then start a LV= County Championship fixture versus the same opposition two days later (11am).

Chris Durham took the gloves for the recent match versus Australia A, helping secure a draw with 12 not out from 22 balls in the second innings.

Krikken has complimented the 20-year-old on his performance but admits to needing a more experienced gloveman for the forthcoming four day fixture as the race for promotion intensifies.

Krikken said: “It’s a shame Richard Johnson’s spell with us was cut short. But we thank him for his contribution - particularly in scoring a brilliant 79 against Yorkshire – and I’m delighted he’s notched a further half-century for Warwickshire since his recall.

“We’re gradually easing Tom Poynton back into action and there’s every chance he will make it to fitness in time for the Championship match starting next Thursday.

“If that’s the case, I’d have no issues handing the gloves to Chris Durham for the 40-over match. He’s done himself proud so far.

“But if a full recovery for Tom starts to look unlikely, we will move to bring in a more experienced alternative ahead of the four day match.

“Wicketkeeper is a specialist position and each county can only pick one, so there are always a few options to consider.”