tony’s new deal

Tony Palladino has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire CCC.

The 28-year-old paceman had one year to run on his existing deal but has now extended his commitment until the end of the 2013 season.

Palladino signed from Essex ahead of the current campaign and has been in sparkling form taking 37 first-class wickets at an average of 24.91.

He has taken two five-wicket hauls during the current season; bowling Derbyshire to victory against Glamorgan with figures of 5-50 in July as well as recording 5-39 in a losing cause against Middlesex back in April.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Tony has led the way with the ball this season, always brimming with energy, running in hard and regularly taking important wickets.

“His performances have been excellent and he is well on the way to a 50-wicket campaign which is the benchmark for a successful season as a bowler.”

Palladino said: “Coming to Derbyshire has been an excellent move for me and it has been enjoyable playing regular first-team cricket, bowling plenty of overs and taking wickets.

“I’m very happy to have signed an extension, I believe the team is moving in the right direction and I hope to spend a long time here at Derbyshire.”

Chairman Chris Grant said: “Although it is crucial to consistently bring through home grown talent, Tony is proof that excellent value can also be achieved recruiting from other counties.

“His performances have spoken for themselves with plenty of wickets in first-class cricket and I’m delighted to have secured his services for the next two years.”