Derbyshire swoop for Wainwright
Derbyshire have completed the signing of David Wainwright on a two-year deal after the spin bowling all-rounder elected to leave Yorkshire.
In all, Wainwright made 22 appearances for Yorkshire in 2011, taking 25 wickets, but he recently activated a release clause in his contract and will now link up with Luke Sutton’s side.
Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken said: “We are delighted with the opportunity to sign a player of David’s quality and experience.
“First-team opportunities have sometimes been limited for him at Yorkshire. But the move to Derbyshire will increase his chances of playing more regular cricket and I expect David to become an important player for us in all forms of the game.”
Wainwright boasts 82 first-class wickets at an average of 36 and has also proven an economical performer in limited-overs cricket. In addition, he has scored two centuries for Yorkshire and averages almost 35 with the bat in four-day cricket.
Derbyshire chairman Chris Grant added: “Although the basis of our cricket strategy surrounds the development of homegrown players, it is important to be on the lookout for individuals from the outside who can come in and improve our squad.
“David certainly falls into that category and there was significant interest from other counties in his signature. I’m sure the club’s members and supporters join me in wishing him all the best for his Derbyshire career.”
Wainwright said: “I had it written into my contract at Yorkshire - if I wasn’t playing much cricket I could be released.
“I didn’t get as much first team cricket as I need at my age so I made the decision in June/July that I would be looking elsewhere.
“There was a little bit of interest from other counties but I’d worked with Karl before in India (on the ECB skills set for wicketkeeping and spin bowling in February) and got on really well with him, so he was a big influence.
“I can see the club is going in the right direction and we have a good core of young players to take us forward over the next few years. The signs look good and it made the decision a lot easier.”