New role for Park with Derbyshire CCC

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Garry Park has signed a new one year contract with Derbyshire.

The 28-year-old all-rounder will captain the Second XI during the 2012 campaign as well as competing for a place in the first team in all competitions.

After signing for Derbyshire ahead of the 2009 season, Park scored 1,059 first-class runs during his debut campaign at an impressive average of 42.36. Overall he has played 29 first-class matches for the club averaging 33.53.

The former Durham man has been an integral member of the team in Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 cricket in 2011 averaging 31.71 in the shortest form of the game including an unbeaten half-century against Nottinghamshire.

Head coach Karl Krikken said: “Our young second XI will benefit immensely from Garry’s attitude and experience.

“He has played lots of cricket at second XI level and also knows what it takes to successfully make the step up into the first-class arena. This makes him the ideal candidate for the job.”

Park added: “I’m delighted to be staying with Derbyshire and look forward to training hard over the winter to put myself in the best position to fight my way back into the first team in all forms of the game.

“I feel the club has made positive strides and it’s exciting to still be part of that.”