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Summer deals for young Derbyshire trio

Derbyshire have handed youngsters Will Davis, Adam Wheatcroft and Harry White summer contracts for the 2015 campaign.

Paceman Davis, a regular in the club’s second XI, received a call-up to the England Development Programme after he was named Academy Player of the Year.

Wheatcroft also featured for the seconds in 2014 while left-arm seamer White trained with the first team last term.

Scott Elstone, Alex Hughes, Chesney Hughes, Tom Knight, Tom Poynton, Ben Slater, Ben Cotton, Tom Taylor and Greg Cork have all developed into full-time professionals after holding a summer or incremental contract at some point in the past. 

Will Davis received a call-up to the England Development Programme after he was named Derbyshire Academy Player of the Year

Elite performance director Graeme Welch said: “We’ve got a nucleus of young talent that we can develop over the next two or three years so the Derbyshire public can really identify with their team.

“We’ve seen this year the likes of Ben Cotton, Tom Taylor and Harvey Hosein break into the first team, and there’s no reason why any of these lads can’t do the same.

“They’ve got a real chance now to train in an elite cricketing environment under our specialist coaching staff. I’m looking forward to seeing how they respond. Hopefully they’ll grab every opportunity.” 

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