County news March 31, 2010

Derbyshire agree to sign deal with Loots Bosman

Cricinfo staff

Derbyshire have agreed a deal to sign South African batsman Loots Bosman for the 2010 Twenty20 cup. Like many of the overseas players lined up for the summer, Bosman's participation is subject to the player receiving a Work Permit and Visa.

Bosman has played 13 ODIs and six Twenty20 matches, and has developed a reputation as a belligerent striker of the ball at the top of the order. England were at the receiving end of one of his most memorable knocks last November, when he blazed 94 off just 45 balls in the second Twenty20 match of the series. Overall, he has an impressive International Twenty20 record, averaging 51.40 with a strike-rate of 170.19.

Having finished bottom of their group in last season's campaign, coach John Morris is hoping Bosman can help bring some dynamism to the batting this year.

"The opportunity to sign a player of Loots' quality and specialist expertise for Twenty20 cricket was too good for us to miss and I am delighted that the deal has been agreed.

"The big bonus for us is that he is expected to be available for the vast majority of matches during the competition; something that won't necessarily be the case with all overseas players who have been recruited.

"Anybody who saw Loots' sensational innings against England in the International Twenty20 back in November will be able to vouch for his quality and the kind of exhilarating entertainment he can provide," Morris said.