Derbyshire loan Stevens for Vitality Blast

Wednesday 17th July 2019
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Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire have signed Darren Stevens on-loan from Kent for the 2019 Vitality Blast campaign.

The experienced all-rounder has played in 208 Twenty20 matches throughout his career, making almost 4,000 runs at an average of 26.82, and claiming 114 wickets with a best of 4-14.

He won the Twenty20 competition with Leicestershire in 2004 and Kent in 2007, during which he hit an unbeaten 30 off 21 balls as they beat Gloucestershire by four wickets, while he has also appeared in two further Finals Days in 2008 and 2009.

In 2009, Stevens was named Twenty20 MVP, after scoring 356 runs and taking five wickets during the competition, while in 2017 he struck 113 runs and took four wickets.

Stevens will join-up with the Falcons squad ahead of the Vitality Blast, which begins on Saturday 20 July against Yorkshire at Queen’s Park as part of the BRM Solicitors Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, said: “Darren has won the competition before and that is valuable experience for us. He has a winning mentality and is a skilful all-rounder.

“We have a good mix of players in the squad which he will complement, and it will be good for our younger guys to be able to work with Darren over the next couple of months.”

On signing for Derbyshire, Stevens said: “I’ve always enjoyedT20 and this is a great opportunity for me to contribute for Derbyshire with both bat and ball.”

Vitality Blast is back this month! Tickets for all seven home matches on sale now, including the big clash against Notts Outlaws on Friday 26 July. Buy online or call 01332 388 101.


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