Thursday 9 October 2008 

Bowler Deon Kruis Leaves Yorkshire

Deon Kruis has played his final game for The Yorkshire County Cricket Club after failing to agree terms on a new deal. The 34-year-old South African played for the Club as a Kolpak player and became a popular figure at Headingley Carnegie during his four seasons at the Club.

Deon was Yorkshire’s Player of the Year in his debut season of 2005 when he was the county’s leading wicket taker, a feat he matched in 2006. He was awarded his county cap in 2006 and despite struggling with injuries over the last two seasons Deon has always given his all for the White Rose county. His spell of four wickets for three runs in 15 balls against Northamptonshire Steelbacks sealed Yorkshire Carnegie’s promotion to Division One of the NatWest Pro40 this season.

Deon also took five Surrey first innings wickets and capped that off by plundering his only first-class fifty in Yorkshire colours at Headingley Carnegie at the end of July - a performance that was overshadowed when Mark Ramprakash saved the game for Surrey with his hundredth first-class century. His biggest achievement however, was to become accepted as an honorary Yorkshireman by the Yorkshire faithful while playing as Yorkshire's first ever Kolpak player.

Stewart Regan, Yorkshire’s Chief Executive, said: "It is a great shame that an agreement could not be reached with Deon to keep him at Yorkshire next season. He’s a fine player and a terrific person and everyone at the Club wishes Deon and his family well in the future. Although his departure is a loss to the Club it does provide our youngsters with an added incentive to work hard over the winter with Deon’s place in the first Team squad up for grabs."

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