County duo gain England selection

Tom Knight and Peter Burgoyne have been selected by England U19s for the One Day International Series against South Africa.

The Derbyshire duo is in line to take part in a seven match series against the tourists which begins at Edgbaston on Saturday, July 16.

Knight, 17, is a left-arm spinner who has performed impressively during Derbyshire’s current Friends Life t20 campaign taking five wickets in five matches while maintaining an outstanding economy rate of less than seven runs an over.

A debut appearance against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge brought the wicket of Australian international Adam Voges and Knight starred with figures of 3-16 in the recent televised match against Worcestershire Royals.

Knight plays his club cricket for Swarkestone Cricket Club and he has recently penned a three-year professional contract with Derbyshire.

Burgoyne, of Denby Cricket Club, is also aged 17 and has made a successful breakthrough into Second XI cricket in 2011 consistently contributing with both bat and ball.

The off-spinning all-rounder enjoyed his finest hour against Yorkshire Second XI recently when he scored 77 at better than a run a ball as well as taking four wickets in the match.

Derbyshire chairman Chris Grant said: “This is exciting news for the club and in particular for the lads concerned. They will represent Derbyshire wearing their England colours with pride.

“This is another timely boost in the aftermath of announcing our policy to back our home grown cricketers and to give them support and pathways to succeed.

“These two players certainly fall into that category and this selection proves how highly rated they are as cricketers, not only within our Club but also further afield.”

Head coach Karl Krikken said: “Tom and Peter are both talented players who worked very hard with the Academy during the winter and it’s great to see that come to fruition.

“It is always great for the club when our players get recognised at international level, especially when it is in the pinnacle of age-group international competition in the U19s.’’