Melton extends Derbyshire contract

Wednesday 25th August 2021
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Photography by: David Griffin

Pace bowler Dustin Melton has signed a one-year contract extension with Derbyshire.

Melton, 26, has been with the club since 2019 and made his first-class debut against Australia that same summer, as part of their Ashes tour schedule.

He has gone on to take 13 first-class wickets, including best figures of 4-22 against Leicestershire in 2020. He also has four T20 wickets in as many appearances.

A heel injury has limited Melton to just three appearances so far this season, all in the LV= County Championship, with the highlight being 3-76 against Worcestershire in May.

Melton continues to work towards English qualification by the end of the extension, while the club is permitted to register up to three overseas players, with any two allowed to play in first team fixtures at the same time.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, said: “Dustin hasn’t played much so far this season, but when he has his improvement has been there for all to see.

“He’s worked hard at his game and is testing batsmen with his pace and line. We see Dustin as a key member of our bowling unit, and we’re excited to see what he can do next year.”

Melton added: “Ever since I signed for Derbyshire, I’ve felt at home, and I’m thrilled to have signed a new deal.

“The squad and coaches are great, it’s a really good environment to work in, and I want to kick on and help the club progress next season.”

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