Luke Sutton

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Luke Sutton
Personal information
Full nameLuke David Sutton
Born (1976-10-04) 4 October 1976 (age 44)
Keynsham, Somerset, England
Nicknamethe Duke
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 176 167 30
Runs scored 7,353 2,080 309
Batting average 30.63 19.25 22.07
100s/50s 11/20 0/6 0/1
Top score 151* 83 61*
Catches/stumpings 467/24 185/27 12/12
Source: Cricinfo, 28 April 2012

Luke David Sutton (born 4 October 1976) is a retired English cricketer. A former right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, he won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and has also played List A and Twenty20 cricket.


Sutton attended Millfield School and then Durham University, where he was in the same year as Andrew Strauss.[1]



Sutton joined Somerset as a junior, playing for the club in 1997 and 1998, and the second II in 1999.

Derbyshire: 2000–2005[edit]

In 2000 he moved to Derbyshire, later given the task of captain after Dominic Cork moved to Lancashire and Michael Di Venuto moved back to Australia due to an injured back. Sutton kept wicket for the Derbyshire side and provided solid middle-order batsmanship.

Lancashire: 2006–2010[edit]

He signed for Lancashire in 2006 as a replacement for Warren Hegg. On 9 August 2006, Sutton recorded his first century for Lancashire in the Roses match against Yorkshire, accumulating an unbeaten 151. This is a record as the highest scoring wicket keeper in a Roses match.

Lancashire awarded Sutton his county cap in April 2007.[2]

Return to Derbyshire: 2011[edit]

Towards the end of the 2010 season, it was announced that Sutton would be leaving Lancashire and was looking to join other clubs.[3] Shortly after, Sutton signed a contract with Derbyshire.[4] Three months after Sutton's return to Derbyshire was announced, he was appointed captain, taking over from Australian Chris Rogers who left the club.[5] In May 2011, a month into the season, Derbyshire's head of cricket, John Morris, left the club. Sutton was left with a more prominent role in managing the team till the end of the season.[6][7] In an effort to improve on their last-place finish in the 2010 County Championship, Derbyshire introduced several new players. The team finished fifth in the Second Division in 2011 and third in their CB40 group. Sutton's successful leadership of an inexperienced side was generally praised.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He married Jude Hughes in 2008 and they have twins, Albie and Amelie. They divorced in 2018. He is now engaged to Joanna Hepworth and the couple are due to marry in October 2020.

In early December 2011, Sutton retired from all forms of cricket, in part because of his admitted battle with depression.[9]


Sutton's batting statistics with Derbyshire
  Matches Runs Average 100/50 Highest score Ct/St
FC[10] 100 4,630 29.67 5/15 140 230/9
LA[11] 112 1,426 18.05 0/4 83 117/13
T20[12] 30 309 22.07 0/1 61 12/12
Sutton's batting statistics with Lancashire
  Matches Runs Average 100/50 Highest score Ct/St
FC[10] 73 2,682 33.11 6/5 151* 227/15
LA[11] 51 549 21.11 0/1 53* 68/14


  1. ^ Bell, Alex (13 March 2015). "Luke Sutton is living sport and breathing business". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ Aldred, Tanya (2008), The County Cricketers' Year – Luke Sutton, Cricinfo, retrieved 8 November 2010
  3. ^ Sutton To Leave Lancashire, Lancashire County Cricket Club, 27 August 2010, archived from the original on 4 September 2010, retrieved 28 August 2010
  4. ^ Wicketkeeper Luke Sutton rejoins Derbyshire, BBC Sport, 6 September 2010, retrieved 8 November 2010
  5. ^ Sutton installed as Derbyshire captain, Cricinfo, 21 December 2010, retrieved 28 September 2011
  6. ^ Morris relieved of Derbyshire duties, ECB, 11 May 2011, archived from the original on 7 September 2011, retrieved 28 September 2011
  7. ^ Player power forced Morris exit – Sutton, Cricinfo, 16 May 2011, retrieved 28 September 2011
  8. ^ Goulding, Justin (28 September 2011), Sutton out to emulate Lancashire, ECB, archived from the original on 6 April 2012, retrieved 28 September 2011
  9. ^ "Derbyshire captain Sutton retires". BBC News. 8 December 2011.
  10. ^ a b First-class batting and fielding for each team by Luke Sutton,, retrieved 28 April 2012
  11. ^ a b ListA batting and fielding for each team by Luke Sutton,, retrieved 28 April 2012
  12. ^ Twenty20 batting and fielding for each team by Luke Sutton,, retrieved 28 April 2012

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dominic Cork
Derbyshire County Cricket Club captain
Succeeded by
Graeme Welch
Preceded by
Greg Smith
Derbyshire County Cricket Club captain
Succeeded by
Wayne Madsen