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Derbyshire Cricket


Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter

The Derbyshire quickie takes time out for a chat with BBC Radio Derby's Charles Collins.


Ian Hunter knows about the ups and downs of life as a professional cricketer.

Released by Durham in 2003 and forced to spend a season in the minor counties, the 26-year-old has also had to contend with vision problems whilst on the field.

He said: "I'm colour blind so I find it difficult to pick the ball up. Unfortunately I'm red and green colour blind so it can be a bit of a struggle indoors.

"But outside we have sight screens so it's not too much of a problem."

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After growing up just outside Durham, Hunter progressed through the youth ranks at that county and spent four years in the senior side before being released in 2003.

He dropped down to the minor counties and played for Cumberland before he was snapped up by Derbyshire and given a two year contract at the start of last season.

He explained: "Dave Houghton came to see me and was chatting to me whilst I was on the boundary fielding - that was quite surreal.

"I was delighted to join because I saw Derbyshire as a developing club going in the right direction. There's a really good feeling around the place.

"I'm living the single life, renting a place with James Pipe. Now I'd like to get settled here, earn myself another contract and maybe buy somewhere down here."

Hunter feels he'd like to stick around for a few more years.

He said: "I like Derbyshire. It gets a lot of bad press from other counties but it's a great place and an excellent set-up.

"I've had a few good days out going to watch the Rams with Welchy and Lungley.

"I don't think I've ever seen them lose so I must be a good omen!"

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