|Full name||Thomas Poynton|
|Born||25 November 1989|
Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
|Domestic team information|
|2007–2016||Derbyshire (squad no. 23)|
|FC debut||8 July 2007 Derbyshire v Middlesex|
|Last FC||26 June 2016 Derbyshire v Kent|
|LA debut||16 July 2007 Derbyshire v Glamorgan|
|Last LA||12 June 2016 Derbyshire v Yorkshire|
Source: CricketArchive, 18 July 2016
Thomas Poynton (born 25 November 1989) is an English former cricketer who played for Derbyshire. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper.
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In 2014, Poynton was involved in a car crash in which his father was killed and he sustained an injury to his ankle.The injury forced Poynton to retire from cricket in July 2016.
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