Three more years for Groenwald

Derbyshire cricketer Tim Groenwald
Derbyshire cricketer Tim Groenwald

Tim Groenewald has signed a new three-year contract with Derbyshire which commits him to the Club until the end of 2014.

The 27-year-old fast-medium bowler was targeted by a number of opposition counties but has elected to remain at the County Ground.

Groenewald signed for Derbyshire from Warwickshire ahead of the 2009 season and he has since played 30 first-class matches as well as a further 61 games in limited overs competitions.

His 104 first-class wickets for Derbyshire have come at an average of 29.50 and Groenewald has become an integral part of the side in all forms of the game taking a further 31 Twenty20 and 29 List A wickets.

With 32 wickets in eight LV = County Championship matches so far this season, Groenewald is on course for a 50-wicket campaign.

Derbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Tim has been a real leader for us with the ball this season and I’m delighted he will be with us for another three years.

“To become a consistent performer with the ball in all forms of the game is an excellent achievement and it makes Tim a valuable commodity for us going forward.”

Chairman Chris Grant said: “While the main thrust of Derbyshire’s future cricket strategy is to back our home grown players, this needs to be tempered by the fact that we have some excellent established cricketers whose presence is crucial both for their contribution on the field and their role in bringing on the youngsters.

“Tim certainly fits into that category because his performances have been excellent during the past three seasons and there is a lot our young cricketers can learn from his skills and professional approach to the game.”

Groenewald added: “I have really enjoyed playing my cricket for Derbyshire and I’m delighted to be here for another three years.

“There are a lot of talented young cricketers at the club and I’m excited about playing alongside them and working towards a successful future.”