Monday 28 September 2009 

New Derbyshire Deals For Smith And Park

New Derbyshire Deals For Smith And Park
New Derbyshire Deals For Smith And Park
 

Derbyshire’s Greg Smith and Garry Park have been awarded new two year contracts after impressing during the 2009 season.

Smith, who received his county cap during the innings break of the match between Derbyshire and Glamorgan yesterday, has been playing an increasingly central role in the team since making his debut in 2006. Park has enjoyed an excellent first season at the County Ground after signing from Durham.

Park scored his second century of the campaign against Essex on Saturday, passing 1,000 runs in the process and securing an average of 42.36.

Batting at number three throughout the majority of the season, Park has passed 50 on ten occasions in the LV County Championship and he thrilled the crowd with an entertaining unbeaten 178 in the match against Kent at the County Ground.

He has also averaged 33 in List A limited-overs cricket and finished as Derbyshire’s top wicket-taker during the Twenty20 Cup campaign.

Smith, meanwhile, scored 977 first-class runs in 2009 at an average of 42.47, as well as chipping in with 32 wickets at 34.31 with his combination of medium pace and off spin.

Starting the season at number six in the order before promotion to the number four berth midway through the campaign, Smith has passed 50 seven times in first-class cricket this year and his 126 against Gloucestershire was instrumental in the 185-run victory

The 26-year-old all-rounder has also played a key role in limited-overs cricket with 323 List A runs at an average of 35.88 and 21 wickets at 23.14 apiece.

Head of Cricket John Morris said: “Both Greg and Garry have been an integral part of the team in all forms of cricket this season.

“They are talented young cricketers with time very much on their side and I am delighted they have committed to Derbyshire for the next two years.”

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