Derbyshire sign Donald

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Derbyshire have signed wicketkeeper-batter, Aneurin Donald, on a two-year deal from Hampshire.

Donald, 26, has scored more than 3,000 runs in first-class cricket, at an average of 31.50, including three centuries, while he also scored two centuries in the recent Metro Bank One Day Cup to fire Hampshire to the final.

The former Glamorgan batter scored the equal-fastest double-century in first-class cricket in 2016, reaching the milestone in 123 balls and smashing a huge 15 sixes against Derbyshire at Colwyn Bay.

He spent time on loan at Derbyshire during the 2023 Vitality Blast, while Brooke Guest was out with a hamstring injury, before returning to Hampshire to help them reach Finals Day.

Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Aneurin impressed us during his short spell with us earlier this year and we were eager to bring him to the Club.

“He’s a powerful batter, capable of taking a game away from you very quickly, and he will also provide cover in the wicketkeeper department, an area we needed depth in.

“He has been a part of a very good Hampshire side, one which has routinely competed for trophies, that’s the kind of player we want to bring to the Club as we look to improve.”

Donald added: “I’m excited to have joined Derbyshire permanently; I know from my loan spell what a great group of players we have at the Club and the high standards demanded.

“At this point in my career, I need to be playing cricket and I want to be contributing to success, that’s why I’ve come to Derbyshire, because I believe this is a project I can fit into.

“I had a few options at other counties, but the level of coaching and the project which is happening at Derbyshire really stood out to me.

“Mickey has spoken to me about his ambition for the Club and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that journey.”

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