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Derbyshire sign Lamb on two-year deal from Warwickshire

Derbyshire sign Lamb on two-year deal from Warwickshire
Derbyshire sign Lamb on two-year deal from Warwickshire
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Derbyshire have signed middle-order batter, Matt Lamb, from Warwickshire on a two-year deal.

Lamb, 26, made eight appearances in the LV= County Championship Division One last season, scoring 487 runs, including centuries against Northamptonshire and County Champions Surrey, at an average of 48.70.

He has a first-class best of 173 and a career red ball runs tally standing at 1,843, with three centuries and eight half-centuries.

The right-handed batter also boasts a strong List A record, averaging 42 after 19 appearances, with one century and two half-centuries to his name.

Head of Cricket at Derbyshire, Mickey Arthur, said: “Matt had a strong season in Division One and that’s the calibre of player we want to bring to our Club. Signing a player with a good amount of top level experience is an example of our intent.

“Our batting has been strong this year, but Matt’s arrival increases that competition for places and re-enforces our batting depth in all formats.”

Lamb added: “Mickey Arthur’s project at Derbyshire really excites me, there’s a talented group of players and the level of ambition is high, that’s something I want to be a part of.

“I’ve been pleased with my performances over the last couple of years, but I want to push myself across all formats, this is the opportunity to do that and I’m looking forward to getting going this winter.”

Director of Warwickshire Cricket, Paul Farbrace said: “Matt has been a fantastic servant for Warwickshire and we thank him for everything he has done for the Club.

“Matt played a key part to help secure a domestic double last season and I’m sure he’ll look back at that moment and his time at the Club with incredibly fond memories.

“We wish Matt all the best for the future."

Lamb said: “I leave Edgbaston with a heavy heart, but I’m incredibly excited for the next chapter of my career.

“I will be forever grateful and thankful to everybody at the Bears who helped and coached me from an eight-year-old cricket lover to a County Champion.

“I have made friends for life at the Club and will always look forward to returning with Derbyshire.”