Poynton out for season

  • Last Updated: May 9 2014, 18:23 BST

Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton is to miss the remainder of the season because of the injuries he sustained in the car crash which killed his father Keith.

Tom Poynton: Will miss the season because of injuries sustained in car accident
Tom Poynton: Will miss the season because of injuries sustained in car accident

Poynton will need longer than first anticipated to recover from the leg injuries sustained on April 4, and Derbyshire drafted in Yorkshire's Dan Hodgson to keep wicket in their most recent LV= County Championship match.

Coach Graeme Welch said: "We are all bitterly disappointed for Tom. He'll get the best possible support from our medical team during his rehab and will remain very much a part of the group.

"It's a setback for the lad, but he's a resilient character and a strong professional. He'll throw himself into rehab and come back fitter, stronger and more determined than before."

With Richard Johnson still unavailable due to sports performance anxiety issues, Derbyshire have moved to solve their wicketkeeping problem by signing former Lancashire man Gareth Cross until the end of the season.

Cross, a graduate of the Lancashire Academy, made his first-class debut in 2005 and was a member of the Division One title-winning team in 2011.

The 29-year-old has played Second XI cricket for Derbyshire on a non-contract basis since the start of the 2014 season.

Derbyshire's Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: "Richard Johnson is a talented cricketer who takes a really hard-working and professional approach to his cricket.

"However, cricket has to take a back-seat for him now while he's given time and privacy to recover with full support and understanding from the club.

"The pressures faced by cricketers who are trying to be successful in a tough environment are well documented.

"Gareth, meanwhile, is an experienced wicketkeeper-batsman and we are delighted to have him at the club."