Tom Wood Will Return to Derbyshire for Royal London Cup

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Wood, a graduate of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with The University of Derby, impressed for the Second XI in 2019, scoring three half-centuries and one century in the Second XI Championship, while he also averaged 50.20 in the Second XI One-Day Trophy.

The 25-year-old will provide batting depth for the 50-over competition, alongside the likes of captain Billy Godleman and Australia international Ben McDermott.

Wood’s deal will run from July 1 until the end of August, covering the entire Royal London Cup group stage, while he will be available for selection in up to three County Championship matches.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, said: “We needed another batsman for the 50-over competition and Tom will give us greater depth.

“He has performed well for the Second XI, and in local cricket, so we are eager to see him grasp this opportunity with both hands.”

Wood added: “I have been involved with the club since I was ten, so to come back and be involved in the first team to play in the Royal London Cup is brilliant.

“I’ve played a lot of Second XI cricket, and did pretty well last year. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, I have worked hard to get back to this point and I feel like I’m ready to take my chance.

“All anyone can ask for is the opportunity to play in the first team, it’s all about how you perform once you get there.”