HEMSWORTH cricketer David Wainwright has left Yorkshire for Derbyshire on a two-year deal.
The former Hemsworth High School pupil activated a clause in his Yorkshire contract which allowed him to leave Headingley a year before his deal was to expire in search of regular first team cricket.
The 26-year-old saw his chances with the White Rose county limited last season and he moved to Derbyshire midway through the campaign on loan.
Wainwright said: “I have many happy memories from my time at Yorkshire CCC. However in order to play regular cricket I have activated a clause in my contract leave 1 year early.
“It has been a difficult decision to leave the Tykes, however at my age and with my ambition I need to play regular cricket.”
Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken said: “We are delighted with the opportunity to sign a player of David’s quality and experience. First team opportunities have sometimes been limited for him at Yorkshire. But the move to Derbyshire will increase his chances of playing more regular cricket and I expect David to become an important player for us in all forms of the game.”
Wainwright is set to come up against Yorkshire with his new Derbyshire team-mates next season, with the duo set to do battle in LV County Championship Division 2 following Yorkshire’s relegation last term.
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