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Higginbottom and Slater pen new deals

Seamer Matt Higginbottom and opening batsman Ben Slater have signed incremental contracts with Derbyshire for next season.

Higginbottom made his LV= County Championship debut in the nine-wicket victory over Sussex during August. In three Division One appearances the 23-year-old took 10 wickets at a shade over 35, including season-best figures of 3-59 in the defeat of Middlesex. He was also named second XI player of the year after claiming 32 wickets at 20.5 apiece in all competitions for Stephen Stubbings' side.

Slater played 10 matches and scored 335 runs in his first top-flight season, hitting three half-centuries including an unbeaten 66 in victory over Sussex.

Head coach Karl Krikken said: "Despite tight budgets, we've worked hard to find the funds to give these youngsters another opportunity next season.

"Both broke into the four-day side last year and did very well. They have shown potential for performing at first-class level and hopefully they can continue to develop.

"It's great that we can offer contracts to two talented youngsters from our academy as our commitment to giving young cricketers a chance continues.

"Both have the opportunity to continue their progressions with the club in 2014 as well as hopefully having a real impact as we aim for a successful year."

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