Tim Groenewald has been released by Warwickshire and become Derbyshire’s second acquisition since the end of the season following the move by Garry Park, the Durham batsman Garry Park, to the Division Two club.
The 24-year-old Groenewald, an English-qualified South African, had a year remaining on his contract but had limited first-team chances last summer to impress with his medium-fast bowling and potentially explosive batting.
His departure from Edgbaston follows that of pace bowler Lee Daggett who, released at the end of the season, has accepted a two-year contract with Northamptonshire.
Derbyshire head of cricket John Morris said of Groenewald: “I am delighted to have added to our squad with a talented cricketer who, like Garry Park, is of a good age with plenty of improvement left in him.
“Tim is an ambitious cricketer who adds depth to our seam attack as well as being a dynamic talent with the bat.”
Meanwhile, Yorkshire have confirmed Anthony McGrath as captain for next season, writes Catherine Goble.
The 33-year-old batting all-rounder, vice-captain to Darren Gough for the past two years, was skipper in 2003 but relinquished the position when his England commitments meant he was unable to give himself fully to the role.
He led Yorkshire to fourth position in Division Two of the championship but a second-from-bottom place in Division One of the National League resulted in relegation.
McGrath stepped in for Gough on five occasions this year.
Despite being offered the job in 2007, he turned it down because he wanted to end his Yorkshire contract but was persuaded to stay at Headingley following the appointment of Gough and that of Martyn Moxon as coach.
McGrath, recently awarded a benefit for his 14 years of service to the club, said: “I realise it is a massive honour to be named as captain of Yorkshire with the size and tradition of the club.
“It is one of the biggest honours in cricket in my opinion and it comes with a lot of responsibility on the field and as a role model.
“Being vice-captain for two years has meant that I’ve captained the side on a few occasions.
“I’m just glad the club have given me the chance to take up the role on a full-time basis.
“It is something I’m delighted with and very much looking forward to.”
Jacques Rudolph, who will be vice-captain, said: “I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2009, where I will give Anthony all the support I can in what I hope will be a very successful season for the county.”