Delport extends Foxes stay

15 July 2017 03:03:26 EST

South African limited-overs specialist Cameron Delport has signed a contract extension with Leicestershire.

The big-hitting opener will now play for the Foxes on a bespoke white-ball deal until the end of the 2019 season.

Left-hander Delport, who also bowls medium pace, scored 243 runs at an average of 34.71 in the Royal London One-Day Cup, boasting a strike rate of better than a run a ball.

"We are really excited that Cameron has signed an extension to his contract," said Leicestershire head coach Pierre de Bruyn.

"He has been a match-winner for us with the bat in both the 50-over and T20 format, offers us a good option with the ball, and is also a fine fielder.

"Cameron is a key part of our plans and we are delighted to benefit from his experience and quality over the next two-and-a-half seasons."

The 28-year-old - who qualifies as a non-overseas player in county cricket - has experience of playing in several of the world's top Twenty20 leagues, having featured for the Dolphins in their RAM SLAM-winning season of 2013-14.

His efforts in his homeland led to deals with Sydney Thunder at the Big Bash League, Lahore Qalanders at the Pakistan Super League and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in the Caribbean Premier League, as well as a contract with Leicestershire last summer.

He extended that for 2017 and is now on board at Grace Road for a further two seasons.

The Foxes can be backed at 25/1 to win the T20 Blast this summer, with Northamptonshire 12/1 and Nottinghamshire 7/1.

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