Full name Matthew James J Critchley
Born August 13, 1996, Preston, Lancashire
Current age 21 years 156 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Derbyshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education St Michael's High School, Chorley
|First-class debut||Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff, May 3-6, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Derbyshire at Bristol, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Derby, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Derbyshire v South Africa A at Derby, May 29, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Lancashire v Derbyshire at Manchester, May 21, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Derbyshire v Hampshire at Hove, Aug 22, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|19, 2/21||Derbyshire||v Gloucs||Bristol||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|11, 51, 0/21||Derbyshire||v Sussex||Hove||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|24*||Derbyshire||v Glamorgan||Derby||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|12, 19||Derbyshire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||28 Aug 2017||FC|
|3/32, 1||Derbyshire||v Hampshire||Derby||22 Aug 2017||T20|
|23||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Derby||18 Aug 2017||T20|
|72*, 2/28||Derbyshire||v Leics||Leicester||17 Aug 2017||T20|
|0/5, 18||Derbyshire||v Durham||Derby||15 Aug 2017||T20|
|0*||Derbyshire||v Leics||Derby||30 Jul 2017||T20|
|10, 2/16||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Derby||25 Jul 2017||T20|
Matt Critchley, a leg-spinning all-rounder of great potential, became Derbyshire's youngest century-maker in only his second first-class match when he struck a hundred against Northants.
Derbyshire's faith in him was illustrated when he signed a four-year contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2020 season. Leg spin was a key component of their Twenty20 side and had also displayed a growing ability to succeed with the bat.
Critchley began life as a Lancashire age group player and his father was a Level 3 coach - he once put his development down to "a lot of hours in the cold, bowling at my dad". But he failed to win a place at the Old Trafford academy and moved to Derbyshire.
He became Derbyshire's youngest century-maker in 2015, transforming a Derbyshire first innings against Northamptonshire and finishing with 137 not out. Alongside Tom Taylor, he shared a partnership of 162. It was a rare bright spot for Derbyshire in 2015 as a young side struggled. A second Championship hundred followed against Durham at the start of the 2017 season.