Zak Chappell is a bowling all-rounder, currently playing for Derbyshire.
Zak is alumni of Stamford where he developed his skills under the former Kent and England seamer Dean Headley. He was provided his chance in the county game in the East Midlands with Leicestershire. At 19, on FC debut, Zak struck 96 with the bat, the highest ever by a Leicester No.10. He bowls from a height and possesses great skills with the seam. In his final season at Grace Road he picked up a career best 6-33 against Northamptonshire in 2018.
A short hop up the M1 took Chappell to Trent Bridge, with Notts having fought off competition from a variety of clubs. Opportunities were hindered by a couple of injuries, although when on the field, Zak proved what he could do – bowling with significant pace and bounce, troubling batsmen around the circuit. In four seasons at the club, Zak also represented Gloucestershire on two separate occasions, contributing wickets in the Championship and the Blast.
However, in search for consistent first team cricket, Zak signed with Derbyshire for the 2023 season. Since the move, he has led the attack with 13 wickets in 4 appearances so far. Zak said on the move; “Last season, I played a good amount across all formats and I feel I’m at a point now where I need to be playing top-level cricket week in, week out and signing for Derbyshire gives me the chance to do that.”
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