Derbyshire sign Watt for 2023 season
Derbyshire have signed Scotland spinner, Mark Watt, for the 2023 season.
Watt played a key role throughout Derbyshire’s 2022 Vitality Blast campaign, claiming 13 wickets and maintaining an economy of 8.46, the best at the Club.
The 26-year-old also claimed nine LV= County Championship wickets in three appearances, and will be available for all formats in 2023, around his Scotland commitments.
An international spinner known for his innovation and variations, Watt has taken 62 international T20 wickets in 52 matches, including best figures of 5-27 against the Netherlands in 2016.
He was part of Scotland’s 2022 ICC Twenty20 World Cup squad and played a starring role in their victory over the West Indies, taking 3-12.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Mark’s attention to detail is what makes him such an exciting cricketer, he’s always taking notes and is meticulous in his preparation for matches, that’s something which will be key for us in all formats next season.
“It’s that little bit of aggression and innovation which can make all the difference in big games, Mark has both of those qualities in abundance.
“He’s an international spinner who has faced some of the world’s best players, he showed at the World Cup he can trouble anyone and we’re really pleased to have Mark back with us for 2023.”
Watt added: “I really enjoyed my time with Derbyshire in 2022, so it was an easy decision to come back for next season.
“You could see from the progress we made last season that we’re building something, and the opportunity to contribute for the Club across all formats is something I’m really excited about.”