County news December 21, 2013

Moore signs deal with Derbyshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stephen Moore, the top-order batsman released by Lancashire at the end of last season, has found an opportunity to continue his county career by signing a two-year deal with Derbyshire.

Moore, 33, is an experienced campaigner having begun his career with Worcestershire in 2003 before moving to Old Trafford in 2010. He was a key member of the Championship winning side in 2011, scoring over 1,000 first-class runs.

That was the fourth time Moore has past 1,000 first-class runs in a season but his form nosedived in 2012 with an average of just 16.50 in 13 matches. Last season he played in only two red-ball matches, prompting his release.

For Derbyshire, Moore will add experience to a batting line up that failed on too many occasions last season and severely hindered their chance of staying in Division One of the County Championship.

"We are delighted to have secured Stephen for the next two seasons," Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen, who was instrumental in discussions with Moore, said. "He's an experienced batsman who can have an impact in all formats and will give us valuable options as we push for success in all three domestic competitions.

"We have a number of talented young cricketers at the club already and working with a player of Stephen's quality and experience will help both their batting and their general approach to the game."

Moore said he was impressed with Derbyshire's plans under their new elite cricket performance model: "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity of being part of the set-up at Derbyshire.

"The elite cricket performance model shows the ambitions of the club and I'm keen to play my part in Derbyshire's future success. As well as contributing with the bat, I'm looking forward to making a positive contribution as a senior player in the dressing room."

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  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Also, I assume Alviro Perterson will open, so Tres could still move down the order. I'd be quite happy with AP, Keisy, Trego, Hildy, Tres, Jones, Meschede, Thomas, Wallr, J Overton, Dockrell. Couldswap Jones for Compton, or indeed open with Jones who done a reasonable job in the 20/20 last year. I suppose this Myburgh could also slot in at 6? Champ team would be: Tres, AP, Compton, Hildy, Keisy, Jones/Myburgh, Trego, Meschede, Thomas, Dockrell, J Overton. Perhaps if Meschede's batting has pushed on move him up to six and try and get the other Overton in as well. Bowling, in my opinon looks good with Kirbs and Dibble to come in in the pace department and Leach to cover the SLA options. And off course Gregory probably should be in or around the starting 11 after his impressive new ball spells at the end of last season. Though both Kirbs and Thomas have been fine servants I look forward to a bowling line up of local talent: Gregory, Overton, Overton, MEschede and Dibble - just need 1 ba

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    JG2704 did you not read that Somerset have signed a veteran Saffer, Myburgh, who was playing league cricket in Surry (?) last year. Last turned out for Durham in 2012; the batting has been strengthened, but by how much is debatable. I was hoping Dan Redfearn would be signed as a talented and hungry young Englishman. Here is the link to the signing if you missed it:

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    South African Moores is a very experienced batsmen who should do well in Division 2.

  • John on December 21, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Good deal for both parties. I was hoping Somerset might go for him. I was thinking that after the departure of Jos (in shorter formats) it would replenish some firepower. Maybe Tres could have done the Buttler Role down the order and Moore could have opened with Kieswetter. In the T20 semi last year we lacked the firepower in the middle order. It's not to be but it seems particularly disappointing after Jos's departure that Somerset seem in no hurry to strengthen the squad. The batting (in all formats) needed strengthening and that was before Jos's departure. Still at least they had a good financial year?

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