County news April 8, 2008

Derbyshire sign Telo on a Kolpak

Cricinfo staff

Twenty-two year old South African batsman Dominic Telo has signed a two-year Kolpak contract with Derbyshire. Like many before him, the announcement was accompanied by comments that the players intended to use the time to qualify for England.

"Dominic is one of the brightest young batsmen in the South African game and we are naturally delighted to have tempted him to Derbyshire," John Morris, Derbyshire's head of cricket, said. "It is important to note that Dominic has signed with the intention of qualifying so that he can eventually play as an English cricketer. At such a young age, time is certainly on his side."

Telo scored 648 runs in eight matches at an average of 58.90 for Western Province in 2007-08, including three hundreds. He also made an unbeaten 99 in a losing cause in the final of the provincial three-day challenge.