Derbyshire have agreed a deal to sign Worcestershire fast bowler, Pat Brown, on a three-year deal from the end of the 2023 season.
Brown, 24, has established himself as one of the country’s top white ball bowlers, claiming more than 100 wickets and playing four IT20s for England. He was one of Worcestershire’s standout performers as they won the 2018 Vitality Blast, in which he claimed 31 wickets.
He was among the leading wicket-takers in this year’s Vitality Blast, with 24 dismissals as the Rapids reached the quarter finals.
Brown will be available for all formats, as he joins an exciting stable of fast bowlers, including Sam Conners and Ben Aitchison, who claimed 70 first-class wickets between them in 2022, as well as 2023 leading T20 wicket-taker, Zak Chappell, and homegrown quick, Nick Potts.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Pat is one of the most exciting and skilled bowlers on the county circuit and it’s a huge boost to be able to bring him in.
“Our bowling attack is versatile and can adapt across formats, but adding a player who has won trophies with his performances just takes us up a level.
“He has international experience, that’s where a lot of our bowlers want to get to, so Pat will fit right into our ambitious setup.”
Brown added: “I’m very thankful to Worcestershire for providing me with the opportunities and exposure from the age of 17 to become the cricketer I am today. I wish them all the best going forward.
“I’m really excited to be joining Derbyshire and working in a new environment under a proven international coach, Mickey Arthur, who I know will get the best out of me as a player. Becoming a part of the project which is building at Derbyshire and looking to compete for trophies over the next three years appealed to me greatly.
“Having played at The Incora County Ground in this year’s Vitality Blast, I was enthused by the prospect of playing my home games here and making full use of the great facilities the ground has to offer in my pursuit of becoming the best cricketer I can be.
“I’m keen to push on in my career and become a valuable asset to the team in all formats. Mickey made it very clear to me how he believes I can become a successful red ball bowler at Derbyshire with his and the coaching team’s help; that vision is extremely exciting for me and played a huge part in my decision to join the Club.”
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