New contract for Derbyshire fast bowler

DCCC Mark Turner
DCCC Mark Turner

DERBYSHIRE fast bowler Mark Turner has signed a two-year contract which commits him to the club until the end of the 2014 season.

The 27-year-old – who is currently in action in the crucial LV= County Championship match against Essex at the County Ground - signed from Somerset in 2011 following a three-year spell at Taunton.

He has claimed 30 wickets in all competitions this season, topping the Falcons’ wicket-taking chart in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition and establishing himself as one of the fastest bowlers in county cricket.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “A new two-year contract is recognition of the progress Mark has made during the 2012 season. He can go on to be an excellent bowler for this club in years to come.”

Turner shot to the top of the Domestic Speed League with a rapid delivery of 92.7 miles-per-hour in the Friends Life t20 match against Yorkshire Carnegie in June.

Meanwhile, Matt Lineker has left the County Ground with immediate effect after Derbyshire chose not to renew his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

A stalwart of local Premier League cricket with Ockbrook & Borrowash, Lineker joined Derbyshire on a summer contract ahead of the 2011 season and won the Second XI Player of the Year award in his debut campaign.

Enjoying spells in the first team during the latter halves of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Lineker made ten first-class appearances at the top of the order averaging 19.17, including a highest score of 71 against Kent.

Krikken said: “He got off to a few positive starts during his run in the team this year, but was unfortunately unable to convert them into big scores and we are now looking at alternative options at the top of the order for next season.”