Full name Matthew James J Critchley
Born August 13, 1996, Preston, Lancashire
Current age 21 years 281 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||Derbyshire v Durham at Derby, May 11-14, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Derby, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Worcestershire v Derbyshire at Worcester, May 19, 2018 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|
|0/48, 12||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Worcester||19 May 2018||LA|
|35, 1/34||Derbyshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||17 May 2018||LA|
|64, 0/85, 40||Derbyshire||v Durham||Derby||11 May 2018||FC|
|30, 3/68, 6, 1/31||Derbyshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||3 May 2018||FC|
|1/58, 38||Derbyshire||v Leics||Leicester||27 Apr 2018||FC|
|14, 2/51||Derbyshire||v Middlesex||Derby||20 Apr 2018||FC|
|19, 1/30, 0/63||Derby 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Nottingham||16 Apr 2018||Other|
|25*, 2/46||North||v South||Cave Hill||23 Mar 2018||LA|
|64||North||v South||Bridgetown||21 Mar 2018||LA|
|0/16, 20||Eng Lions||v W. Indies A||Coolidge||9 Mar 2018||LA|
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.