Smit added to Derbyshire ranks

14 March 2017 08:02:16 EST

South African Daryn Smit has joined Derbyshire on a two-year deal - effectively replacing New Zealander Neil Broom in the middle order.

Smit, 33, qualifies as a non-overseas player as Broom did before resuming his international career with the Black Caps over Christmas.

Primarily a batsman, who has represented South Africa A, the majority of Smit's 125 first-class appearances - in which he has scored 5,711 runs at an average of 37 - came for Durban-based franchise the Dolphins.

Smit, who can keep wicket and also has more than 150 first-class wickets with his leg-spin, played for Ramsbottom in the Lancashire League for the last three seasons.

During that time, he made two appearances for Derbyshire's second XI, hitting an unbeaten 200 versus Glamorgan last August.

"Daryn is a vastly experienced batsman, with over 14 years as a professional in the game, and will strengthen the depth to our batting line-up this season," said Derbyshire director of cricket Kim Barnett.

"He has played in England before and performed very well when given the chance with the second XI at the end of last summer, impressing many at the club with his quality and professionalism towards his game.

"He will now provide Billy Godleman with additional options this summer and, as a senior player, offer even more experience to the line-up."

Smit added: "I'm delighted to get an opportunity to play county cricket.

"I've enjoyed my time with the Dolphins and I'm extremely grateful for the opportunities they gave me, but I'm now looking forward to exciting new times in England with Derbyshire."

Derbys can be backed at 300/1 to win County Championship Division Two this summer, with Nottinghamshire 4/9 and Northamptonshire 11/1.

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