DateLine: 14th November 2005
Paul Borrington became the twentieth son to follow his father in Derbyshire colours when he made his debut in September 2005. His father Tony had been a stalwart of Derbyshire campaigns of the 1970’s, playing over 100 First-class matches. Paul’s debut at Grace Road gainst Leicestershire was unremarkable – an edged four getting him off the mark but then being dismissed without scoring further. However, the flatter track of Taunton allowed him to make a patient 28 in his next outing, and with Derbyshire declaring on 707-7 he had played his part in the Peakites recording their highest ever First-class total. A member of Derbyshire’s cricket academy, he was one of the young players coach David Houghton wanted to expose to First-team cricket early, in the hope that his First-class career will be a long one. In his knocks for the Second XI he has already shown a pleasing ability to dig in and construct an innings, rather than being in a rush to flash shots all around the ground.
(Article: Copyright © 2005 Matthew Reed)