Conners signs two-year deal with Derbyshire

Thursday 19th January 2023
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Photography by: David Griffin

Fast bowler, Sam Conners, has signed a new two-year contract with Derbyshire, extending his stay at The Incora County Ground until the end of the 2024 season.     

Conners, 23, is a graduate of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy and has made 58 all formats appearances since his debut in 2019, taking 117 wickets.

He was the youngest bowler to claim 50 LV= County Championship wickets during the 2022 season, while he was also a regular member of the Derbyshire Falcons side which won a Club-record nine group stage matches last summer.

Conners’ impressive form saw him rewarded with an England Lions call-up to face the South Africa men’s Test squad in August, with the Derbyshire quick claiming figures of 4-25 in the second innings at Canterbury, while he was also a part of the Lions squad for their training camp in the United Arab Emirates in November.

Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Sam played a lot of cricket in 2022 and he bowled every ball with the same level of effort, that’s the kind of attitude we want in our dressing room, so this extension is really pleasing.

“His England Lions appearances are an example of why we want to be the county of choice, because if a player is performing, we will give them the stage to progress to those heights. He should also be an inspiration to our Pathway, who can see how far that journey can take them.”

Conners added: “I love playing for Derbyshire with this group of players and coaches, so this decision wasn’t a hard one at all.

“I felt I made good strides in 2022 and now I’m looking forward to helping my Club to success in 2023. I’ll be working with Mickey and Ajmal [Shahzad] every day to take my game to the next level.

“It’s my dream to play international cricket and represent Derbyshire on the biggest stage, I got a taste in 2022 with the Lions and I’ll be doing everything in my power to make that dream a reality.”

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