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Chris Durham has been named HPCS Junior Player of the Year 2004

Chris is the younger son of Ian Durham. Ian came to the High Peak area in 1979 from Preston where as a teenager he made his debut in the powerful Northern League.

Ian joined Chapel-en-le-Frith Cricket Club and on arrival his class with the bat was evident. During the past 25 years he has amassed in excess of 14,000 runs.

Chris therefore had a bat in his hand more or less from the day he was born on March 4th 1992 and under his father.s guidance and expert coaching has blossomed into a formidable prospect with the bat and as a wicket keeper.

Chris has represented Derbyshire at under 10's, under 11's, and was vice captain and wicket keeper for the under 12's in 2004.

During the 2004 season Chris shone in all three Chapel junior teams for which he played. Chapel, (U'13's, U'15's & U'17's) in the Derbyshire & Cheshire League. Scoring in excess of 500 runs including a 50* in the Compstall Centenary Cup (under17's K.O cup).

He also played 2nd XI cricket for Chapel scoring 292 (average 19.47) with a highest score of 71. Behind the stumps he took 14 victims (7ct, 7st) finishing third in the division 3 wicket keeping list.

He has recently been selected to attend the training for the Midlands region under 13's squad for 2005.

Chris is without doubt a precocious talent and his dual ability with the bat & keepers gloves augers well for his chances of becoming a senior County Cricketer.

[January 2005]

2003 winner was Matthew Kennedy
2002 winner was Matthew Ratcliffe

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