Derbyshire snap up MacLeod

11 June 2018 07:09:34 EST

Calum MacLeod has followed up his one-day international heroics by agreeing to play Twenty20 cricket for Derbyshire this summer.

MacLeod, whose unbeaten 140 off 94 balls secured the man-of-the-match award in the stunning win over world number ones England in Edinburgh on Sunday, will be joined at last year's Twenty20 Blast quarter-finalists by his national coach Grant Bradburn.

Bradburn will assist fellow New Zealander John Wright for the entire tournament while Safyaan Sharif, the fast bowler whose dismissal of Mark Wood sealed the six-run win at the Grange, is already on the Derbyshire staff after signing earlier this year.

MacLeod, 29, previously played county cricket for Warwickshire and Durham, finishing as the top scorer for the latter county in Twenty20 cricket in 2014 with 358 runs at an average of 44.75, while he has spent the early part of 2018 playing second XI cricket for Kent and Hampshire.

However, Derbyshire moved quickly to secure the 85-cap international batsman on the back of his seventh ODI hundred.

And the agreement signed between the Midlands county and the Saltires could see additional players and support staff moving south in future.

"We're delighted to be working with Cricket Scotland and to have Calum, Safyaan and Grant on board for our Vitality Blast campaign," said Derbyshire cricket advisor Kim Barnett.

"Calum is a powerful striker and only yesterday showed what he can do on the big stage. He offers further depth to our squad, alongside Safyaan, for what is a busy month of cricket.

"I would like to extend my thanks to Grant and Cricket Scotland for supporting this new partnership, and we hope it can help all parties."

Derbyshire are 1212/1 to win the Vitality Blast this year, while Essex can be backed at 1212/1 and Birmingham Bears at 1212/1.

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