Rampaul returns to Derbyshire for One-Day Cup

Thursday 8th July 2021
Written by Stephen Martin
Photography by: David Griffin

West Indies quick Ravi Rampaul has signed for Derbyshire for this summer’s Royal London Cup.

Rampaul, who has played more than 130 international matches across all formats, was a key member of the Derbyshire side which reached Finals Day in 2019, breaking a Club record by taking 23 wickets in the Vitality Blast and finishing as the competition’s leading wicket-taker.

He will be available for Derbyshire’s final three Vitality Blast group games, starting with Friday’s match against Durham, as well as the entire Royal London Cup group stage.

With 299 List A and 192 T20 wickets, both at averages under 25, Rampaul is a proven white ball player, and his experience will be key as the Falcons aim to challenge for the knockout stages of the Royal London Cup.

His two-year stay with the Club came to an end in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic prevented him from returning for the truncated season, with the experienced seamer instead taking 14 wickets as he led Trinidad and Tobago to the 2021 Super50 Cup.

A fan favourite during his first spell with Derbyshire, Rampaul claimed 80 wickets across all formats in the 2019 season.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, said: “It’s great to be able to welcome Ravi back to the Club. He’s a really popular member of the dressing room, and the quality he brings on the field is hard to match.

“His white ball record is brilliant, he will be a huge asset for us and we can’t wait to see what he can produce for us this time around.”

Rampaul added: “I loved my first spell with Derbyshire and I’m looking forward to getting started again in familiar surroundings.

“I know most of the players still, and there’s a few new faces who are really exciting young players, if I can help them along in training and in games, I will do that, and hopefully we can get on a roll and challenge for the knockouts.”

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