Monday 15 October 2007 

Leicestershire Sign Deals With Dippenaar And Kruger

Leicestershire have announced that South African batsman Boeta Dippenaar will be their overseas player for 2008 and 2009 while compatriot Garnett Kruger has also signed for two years, taking his place in the squad as a Kolpak player.

Dippenaar, 30, still holds a Cricket South Africa contract, although has not played for his country since early 2007 against Pakistan, where he recorded 0 and 3 in the third test in Cape Town.

Kruger impressed when playing for the county in 2007 and has been rewarded with a two-year deal as Leicestershire look to find a blend of experience and youth for the 2008 season and beyond.

Coach Tim Boon said, "Boeta will add energy and much-needed experience to the batting line-up with the added option of moving him up the order in the one-day game,” commented Boon in announcing the signings.

"Kruger is fit and strong, and still has his best cricket years ahead of him, given his age and the fact that he has not been over bowled. It is important that we have an experienced senior strike bowler capable of bowling hostile spells to place the opposition on the back foot.

"Garnett showed his worth in his stint with the county in 2007 and has started well with the Lions in South Africa."

The signing of Boeta Dippenaar follows the news that top order batsman John Sadler has departed for Derbyshire.

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