New Contracts For Derbyshire Trio
Derbyshire fast bowlers Tim Groenewald, Ian Hunter and Tom Lungley have signed new deals at the club which will keep all three at the County Ground until the end of the 2010 season.
Groenewald, who moved from Warwickshire at the end of the 2008 season, took 34 first-class wickets to Hunter's 21 and Lungley will now enter his 11th season as a Derbyshire player.
He spent time on loan at Lancashire last year, helping out when they were severely hit by injuries and all three men contributed to what was a successful campaign for Derbyshire, who launched a County Championship promotion challenge that lasted until the penultimate day of the season.
Head of Cricket John Morris said of Groenewald: “Although he slotted straight into our one-day team at the start of the season, Tim had to wait patiently before his opportunity came in the first-class arena.
“His attitude during that period was excellent and he was clearly focussed on forcing his way into the side.
“Once he achieved that, Tim never looked back and was a whole-hearted performer and a regular source of wickets for the team.
"Ian [Hunter] deserves his new deal for the way he started the campaign.
“He was a reliable source of wickets during the opening weeks of the season while we were setting about proving ourselves as genuine promotion contenders. Hopefully he can recapture that form in 2010.”
“Tom [Lungley] is a valuable member of our bowling staff and I am pleased that he will be around for us again next season,” Morris added.
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