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Matthew Potts

2020 may have only been a two-month season, but Matthew Potts took his opportunity with both hands just showing how much of a talented future he has with the club.

The 22-year-old featured in both formats for Durham this past summer, but it was his white ball exploits that saw him stand out from the crowd – earning him Durham’s T20 Blast Player of the Year.

The right arm quick was named Durham’s joint leading wicket taker in the Blast, taking 13 wickets in 10 matches, at an average of 18.07.

He played a key role in Durham’s late season revival, taking three consecutive career best hauls over Leicestershire, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

His second over against Lancashire Lightning saw him rip through their top order to put Durham in complete control. Second ball he had Steven Croft caught for nought, fourth ball he trapped Dane Villas LBW for zero, before removing Rob Jones off stump for a duck. Claiming career best match figures of 3/8 from 3 overs.

He was named man of the match against Yorkshire at Headingley where he picked up figures of 3/14 from 3, dismissing Adam Lyth and Harry Brook as well as bowling the world’s number one T20 batsman Dawid Malan for a golden duck.

His white ball success saw Wisden Cricket select Potts in their young T20 team of the year, named alongside Will Jacks, George Garton and Phil Salt.

Potts also made two appearances in the Bob Willis Trophy claiming two wickets, his best of 1/19 coming against Yorkshire.

If 2021 has anything to go by, Potts will be in for another outstanding summer on the cricket pitch, looking to continue taking more career best figures.

Durham representative number
Right-arm medium-fast, right-hand bat
First-class debut
vs Kent (June 2017)

Matthew Potts

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