Derbyshire has restructured their team in preparation for Leus du Plooy’s departure by signing David Lloyd, the club captain of Glamorgan, to a three-year deal.
When his contract expires, du Plooy, the captain of Derbyshire, is anticipated to join Middlesex, while du Plooy’s predecessor, Billy Godle man, will depart the team after making few appearances this year Because of a hamstring injury, Lloyd missed Glamorgan’s most recent T20 Blast campaign. However, at 32, Lloyd hopes to play all three formats regularly for Derbyshire for future seasons and may even assume leadership responsibilities.
He highlighted his family’s residence in North Wales as a motivating cause for moving. “Glamorgan has been my life for so long, and I’ve made friendships that will last forever,” added Lloyd.
Although leaving has been a difficult decision, my small family will benefit most from the chance to move and play more conveniently in North Wales.
“I have loved my time at Glamorgan and have created so many wonderful memories, but I feel it’s time for a change and the Derbyshire project is one I’m really excited to be a part of,” the author says.
Derbyshire, who had a dismal first half of the summer, is encouraged by the news. After a winless start to the season, they are currently last in the second tier of the County Championship and missed out on the Blast quarterfinals with six wins and seven losses.
“David is an experienced county cricketer and one who will bring a great level of leadership and ability into our squad,” stated Mickey Arthur, their head of cricket. He provides us with a distinct dimension at the top of the order and has consistently scored runs throughout his career.
“David’s recruitment was crucial to our long-term plans, and by signing the contract early, we have time to continue forming our squad before next summer,” said the manager.
“We will miss having David at the club both on and off the field,” said Mark Wallace, Glamorgan’s director of cricket. “But we fully respect and understand his decision to move closer to home for the benefit of his family.”
In other county news, Will Young, a New Zealand opener, has signed a three-match County Championship agreement with Nottinghamshire, starting with a game against Surrey, the reigning champions, at the Kia Oval.
Additionally, Paul Downton, the director of cricket for Kent and a former club captain and wicketkeeper, has declared he will step down from his position at the conclusion of the current cricket season.