County news January 5, 2011

Hampshire sign de Wet for 2011

ESPNcricinfo staff

South African fast bowler Friedel de Wet has signed a Kolpak contract with Hampshire for the 2011 County season.

De Wet, 30, played two Tests for South Africa against England in 2009-10, picking up match figures of 5 for 127 on debut in the drawn Centurion Test.

He picked up a stress fracture of the back in the third Test of that series and fell out of national contention, but has remained on the Highveld Lions' books in domestic cricket.

He also has some experience of England conditions as he was signed by Middlesex as a Kolpak player for the 2008 season, playing one game for their second XI before heading to Lancashire for some more second team cricket.

"I'm looking forward to playing on the county circuit in the off season, and would like to thank the bizhub Highveld Lions for their support in this endeavor," said de Wet.