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Since announcing his arrival by setting a new Derbyshire record, Wayne Madsen has been one of the most reliably productive and universally-respected batsmen in county cricket.

A leader by example who took Derbyshire to its first trophy in 19 years, and a former national player of the year, the Durban-born right-hander has passed 1,000 Championship runs for four years in succession, notched up more than 9,000 runs during his first-class career and has taken his place among the county’s leading century-makers… only five players have scored more for the club.

143

Matches played

255

Innings

231

Best score

40

Average

22

Not Out

25

100s

46

50s

18

Total Wickets

1984

Wayne was born

Born, 2 January 1984, in Durban, South Africa, into a family with strong cricket credentials, with uncles Michael Madsen, Henry Fotheringham and Trevor Madsen, and cousin Greg Fotheringham all playing first class cricket in South Africa.

1993

Enrols at Highbury Preparatory School in his native South Africa

Already a prolific sporting talent, Wayne excels in cricket, rugby and hockey.

1997

Enrols at Kearsney College

Enrols at Kearsney College after leaving Highbury, which he represents at both cricket and hockey.

2002

Starts his studies at the UNISA

Studies for a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Financial Management Services at the University of South Africa.

2004

Makes first-class cricket debut for KwaZulu-Natal

Makes first-class cricket debut for KwaZulu-Natal, while also representing South African national men’s hockey team, earning 39 international caps and appearances at the Commonwealth Games and the men’s hockey world cup in the process.

2005

Wins African Cup of Nations Hockey

2006

Plays hockey in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Men’s Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach

Plays hockey in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Men's Hockey World Cup in Monchenglandbach.

2007

Joins Unsworth Cricket Club as a professional

Joins Unsworth Cricket Club as a professional, playing the summer seasons in the Lancashire league while continuing to play for Natal in the winter.

2009

Signs full-time terms with Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Has an immediate impact, hitting an unbeaten 170 on his debut at Cheltenham.

2012

Becomes Derbyshire club captain and leads the the county to Specsavers County Championship promotion and its first silverware since 1993

Hits a career-best 231 against Northamptonshire during the season.

2013

Becomes first player in the country to reach 1,000 Specsavers County Championship Division One runs during a standout 2013 season

Becomes first player in the country to reach 1,000 Specsavers County Championship Division One runs during a standout 2013 season which brought a total of 1,239 first-class runs at an average of 43.60, with three 100s and eight fifties. Wins Cricket Writers’ Club’s County Championship Player of the Year and the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award.

2014

Records back-to-back centuries in the Royal London One Day Cup

Records back-to-back centuries in the Royal London One Day Cup – his first two in the 50-over format – to lead Derbyshire to its first Quarter Final for nine years.

2016

Awarded Testimonial Year for 2017

Stands down as captain, to focus on delivering match-winning batting performances and providing leadership to younger squad players. During the season of 2016, Wayne scored his highest tally of 6 hundreds in a season. He signs a new deal to commit his future to the club until the end of 2019, by which time he will have represented the county for 11 years.

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