Left-arm spinner David Wainwright has been handed a four-year contract as reward for his outstanding performances this season.
The Yorkshire-born bowler has been a revelation for Derbyshire since he travelled south from Headingley Carnegie last autumn in the search for greater first team opportunities.
Wainwright made an immediate impact on first-class debut for Derbyshire when he propelled the side to a memorable victory against Northamptonshire back in April. With the game finely poised going into day four, Wainwright took control with an unbroken spell of 26 overs that yielded remarkable figures of 6-33.
Wainwright’s first-class record with the ball this year has been particularly impressive, with 27 wickets at an average of 27 apiece, three five-wicket hauls and over a century of maiden overs.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “David’s performances have been magnificent this season. He’s been a key element in our success so far and a highly popular member of the playing staff with his team mates and supporters alike.
“A spinner who can take wickets or bowl containing spells is so important to any team and David has proved himself well capable of carrying out both roles to perfection, as well as chipping in with handy runs in the middle-order. He’s an exceptional all-round cricketer in the prime of his career.”