Matt Lineker departs but Mark Turner gets a two-year deal with Derbyshire
MATT Lineker, a late arrival on the first-class scene when he signed for Derbyshire last season, has left the club after being told he will not be offered a new deal next year.
But Mark Turner will be with Derbyshire until the end of the 2014 season after agreeing a new two-year contract.
Lineker, a prolific run-scorer in the Premier League for many years, was almost 26 when he first joined the county playing staff and went on to play in the last three County Championship matches of 2011, scoring an impressive 71 against Kent.
A left-handed opening batsman, he played in the last six Championship matches for Derbyshire this season but his best score was 45, also against Kent, and he has averaged just under 20.
"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," said head coach Karl Krikken.
Turner, who took two wickets on the first day of Derbyshire's Championship match against Essex at the County Ground yesterday, joined the club from Somerset in 2011.
The 27-year-old fast bowler has taken 32 wickets in all first-team cricket this season and finished their leading wicket-taker in the CB40.
"Every time our captain throws Mark the ball, we know we're getting maximum effort and an absolute bundle of energy regardless of the match situation and conditions," added Krikken.
"He's also capable of giving batsmen a real working over with his pace and that's a tremendous asset."
Derbyshire did well to bowl Essex out for 245 yesterday but ended the day 28-3 as David Masters produced a fine burst of new ball bowling.
"To lose three wickets, one of them the night watchman, was unfortunate but the two batsmen were got out rather than getting themselves out," said Krikken.
"Masters is very difficult to face with a new ball on a green strip and they were good balls.
"The new ball is doing a bit but as we saw in their innings, it does flatten out and gets easier to bat on, so we're still confident we can pose a good score. It's a good wicket when you're in."