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Mark Watt Signs for Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Scotland's left-arm spinner with over 50 international caps has signed for the county on a six-month deal for the 2019 season.

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March 22, 2019 2 years
Mark Watt Signs for Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has signed left-arm spinner Mark Watt on a six-month deal for the 2019 season.

The 22-year-old will be available for all formats this summer, subject to international commitments with Scotland.

Watt has played in over 50 matches for Scotland, taking more than 50 wickets since his international debut in 2015.

The spinner has taken 29 T20 International wickets at an average of 22.79, with best figures of 5-27 and an economy rate of 7.42.

He also has 22 wickets in 18 One-Day International matches, including 3-55 against England in 2018 as Scotland ran out six-run winners in Edinburgh.

His international performances earned him an opportunity with Lancashire in 2018, and he made four Vitality Blast appearances as the county reached Finals Day.

The slow left-arm bowler now joins up with Derbyshire ahead of the season opener against Durham at The Pattonair County Ground, starting on Friday 5 April.

Head of Cricket at Derbyshire CCC, Dave Houghton, said: “It’s great to have Mark here at Derbyshire. He’s a clever bowler who bowls tightly and has excellent white ball skills.

“He’s still young but has got plenty of international experience already and I’m pleased to get another talented cricketer on board and continue our relationship with Cricket Scotland.

“He adds another spin option for us now and I’m looking forward to see how he can help the team this season.”

Watt added: “I’m really looking forward to getting the season started and hopefully I can take my opportunities and do well for the club.

“There are experienced coaches and a good squad here, so I’ll be trying to learn and improve my game in every aspect.”

Commenting on the signing, Cricket Scotland’s High Performance Manager, Simon Smith, said “Mark’s opportunity with Derbyshire is fully deserved and comes about as a result of his winning performances at international level for Scotland and for the Eastern Knights in the Tilney Pro Series.

“Derbyshire have signed a player with enormous potential, and Mark is bound to benefit from being immersed in their environment. Cricket Scotland can also look forward to benefiting from Mark’s continuous improvement, when he returns to national team duty for the exciting and important assignments we have ahead of us.

“We are developing a very positive relationship with Derbyshire and look forward to continuing to work closely together.”

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