Extremely-rated legspinning allrounder strikes to Chelmsford in bid to develop profession
Critchley, 25, was one of many standout gamers within the LV= Insurance coverage County Championship final yr, scoring 1,000 runs and taking 32 wickets, whereas throughout all codecs he recorded 1,318 runs and claimed 52 victims.
He was named within the PCA Males’s Workforce of the Yr, and completed second within the total PCA MVP rankings, behind Simon Harmer, the Essex spinner alongside whom he’ll now hope to type a productive partnership.
“I am completely thrilled to be right here and to have signed for Essex,” Critchley stated. “Essex have been top-of-the-line groups within the nation for the final six years, you simply have to take a look at the gamers within the dressing room and the trophies they’ve gained to know this have to be an incredible place to play your cricket.
“It was a tricky resolution to depart Derbyshire, however as quickly as I used to be made conscious of the curiosity, I needed to make the transfer and I am unable to wait to get going and to drag on the Essex shirt.”
The transfer comes within the wake of the ECB’s affirmation that the County Championship shall be reverting to a two-division construction subsequent season. Which means Essex – who claimed the Division Two title this yr after lacking out on the highest flight within the three-tier convention system utilized in response to the Covid outbreak, shall be again in Division One subsequent season, and keen so as to add to the 2 Championship titles and Bob Willis Trophy that they’ve claimed since 2017.
“I am delighted we have managed to get this one over the road and that Matt is now an Essex participant,” John Stephenson, Essex’s chief govt, stated.
“It is vital that we glance to enhance our squad and proceed to problem for the highest honours over the approaching years. We really feel Matt provides glorious attributes with each his batting and bowling throughout all codecs and he’ll make a wonderful addition to the crew.
“There have been a number of golf equipment chasing Matt’s signature, so it is an actual coup for us that he is purchased into our imaginative and prescient and feels that Chelmsford is the place for him to develop as a cricketer and win titles.”
Critchley made his first-class debut for Derbyshire again in Might 2015, and in his profession to this point, he is made 187 appearances throughout all codecs, scoring 4,902 runs and taking 204 wickets.
His highest first-class rating of 137 not out got here in opposition to Northamptonshire in 2015, when he turned the youngest participant in Derbyshire’s historical past to attain a century, while his finest bowling figures of 10 for 194 additionally got here in opposition to Northants in 2018.
Critchley was chosen for the ECB Worldwide Pathway and took part in Abroad Placements in Australia in each 2016 and 2017. The next yr he was chosen to tour the West Indies with England Lions, making two appearances.
Although Critchley was additionally concerned within the inaugural season of the Hundred, after becoming a member of Welsh Fireplace for £24,000, his transfer to Essex signifies a want to problem for red-ball honours, and comes after Essex activated a clause inside his contract, permitting him to maneuver to a Division One county for an undisclosed price.
The membership chairman, Ian Morgan, stated: “We’re dissatisfied to be dropping Matt after seeing him develop vastly with the membership over the previous seven seasons.
“We had been fast to higher any supply from one other county, nonetheless we perceive his want to check himself in Division One and he leaves with our greatest needs for the long run.
“As a membership, we moved to make sure we’d be well-compensated for his departure, and we shall be utilizing that cash to strengthen the primary crew beneath a brand new Head of Cricket.”