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Star batsman extends contract with Derbyshire

Leus du Plooy has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at The Pattonair County Ground until the end of the 2022 season.

The deal comes with the 24-year-old enjoying a successful opening season in English cricket, scoring 385 Specsavers County Championship runs at an average of 38.50, including one century and two half-centuries.

He has also shone in the white-ball formats, scoring two half-centuries in just five Royal London One-Day Cup innings, as well as hitting a century against Australia A in Derby.

In the Vitality Blast, du Plooy proved a crucial part of Derbyshire’s top-order as the Falcons reached the quarter-finals, making 274 runs at an average of 39.14, including three half-centuries.

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton said: “Leus has had a very good first year with us, so we are delighted to have extended his deal.

“For a player to adapt so quickly is very promising and we are excited about how Leus will develop over the next few years.”

Du Plooy added: “Since I joined Derbyshire, everybody has been brilliant and it was an easy decision to stay here.

“I feel like I’m playing well and have enjoyed the different challenges in all formats, in conditions that were largely new to me.

“I’m someone who is never content with my game, I want to keep improving and, most importantly, contribute to more wins for Derbyshire.”

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