Billy Stanlake’s Derbyshire spell cut short by back stress fracture


Australia seamer to return home after just one game for new club

Billy Stanlake’s spell in county cricket with Derbyshire has been cut short after one game, with the Australia seamer diagnosed with a back stress fracture.

Stanlake made his Derbyshire debut in last week’s defeat to Essex at Chelmsford, recovering from a nervy start in which he delivered six front-foot no-balls in four overs to take 2 for 91, including the wicket of former England opener Alastair Cook. However, scans after the game revealed a problem, and Stanlake will now return to Australia to begin rehabilitation with his state, Queensland.