Derbyshire sign Stephen Moore

Opening batsman Stephen Moore has joined Derbyshire County Cricket Club on a two-year contract.

The former England Lions, Lancashire and Worcestershire opener has amassed 8,843 runs during his first-class career, averaging 36.39.

He has scored 17 first-class centuries, including a highest score of 246 versus Derbyshire in 2005 and 120 for England Lions against Australia in 2009. He has passed 1,000 runs in a season on four occasions.

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Moore played an integral role in Lancashire’s LV= County Championship Division One winning season in 2011, scoring 1,013 runs at an average of over 40.

The 32-year-old has also excelled in List A and Twenty20 cricket during his impressive career, notching a combined tally of over 6,000 runs with 41 half-centuries and five hundreds.

Captain Wayne Madsen, who was instrumental in discussions with Moore, said: “We are delighted to have secured Stephen for the next two seasons.

“He’s an experienced batsman who can have an impact in all formats and will give us valuable options as we push for success in all three domestic competitions.

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“We have a number of talented young cricketers at the club already and working with a player of Stephen’s quality and experience will help both their batting and their general approach to the game.”

Moore said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of being part of the set-up at Derbyshire.

“The Elite Cricket Performance model shows the ambitions of the club and I’m keen to play my part in Derbyshire’s future success.

“As well as contributing with the bat, I’m looking forward to making a positive contribution as a senior player in the dressing room.”