Clare: We can do something special

Jonathan Clare Bowling for Derbyshire in Queen's Park against Northamptonshire
Jonathan Clare Bowling for Derbyshire in Queen's Park against Northamptonshire

Jonathan Clare believes Derbyshire can achieve something special in the coming years after signing a new three year contract.

Affiliated with Derbyshire since leaving Lancashire in 2005, Clare went on to join the professional staff shortly after achieving a five-wicket haul on first-class debut versus Nottinghamshire in 2007.

The 26-year-old has since become a consistent performer, taking 135 wickets in the four day game at 26.75 apiece as well as contributing middle-order runs at an average of 26.5.

Career best bowling figures of 7-74 were achieved against Northamptonshire in 2008, a match that also saw Clare complete the first of his two first-class centuries.

The Burnley born all-rounder contributed 30 championship wickets at a miserly 21.40 runs apiece to the successful 2012 promotion push.

Clare said: “It’s great to be able to say I’ll be at the County Ground for at least another three seasons. It is a place with a real buzz and we’re a squad that’s growing and improving all the time; something I’m desperate to remain part of. What the squad and management have achieved this season has been phenomenal.”

yet all the lads feel there’s a lot more we can accomplish, so the next few years could be something very special here at Derbyshire.”