Derbyshire sign fast bowler Cohen

Wednesday 30th October 2019
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Written by Stephen Martin

Derbyshire have signed promising fast bowler Michael Cohen on a two-year deal.

The 21-year-old has played 15 first-class matches in South Africa, where he has claimed 50 wickets at an average of 26.12.

Cohen, who qualifies for EU citizenship, played a key role for Western Province throughout the 2017-18 CSA Provincial Three-Day Challenge. He was the club’s leading wicket-taker with 26 dismissals in six matches, at an average of 19.15.

His four Twenty20 appearances have garnered as many wickets at an average of 24.50, while he has also featured in four List A matches.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, said: “Michael is a really promising bowler and we were keen to get him on board for all forms.

“He has a good record in South Africa, and as Leus du Plooy proved last year, players will be given the opportunity to fight for a place in the team and take their chance.”

Cohen added: “It’s really pleasing to have joined Derbyshire. I’m eager to test myself in England and continue my development.

“We have a really good group of bowlers, and I will be looking to use their experience and adapt to conditions quickly.

“The club had a good season last year, so I know there will be competition for places, but I will work hard for my chances and hopefully show what I’m all about.”

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