Ross earns new county contract

Derbyshire cricketer Ross Whiteley
Derbyshire cricketer Ross Whiteley

Ross Whiteley has penned a three-year contract with Derbyshire, committing him to the club until the conclusion of the 2014 season.

The 22-year-old all-rounder is currently enjoying a run in the first team, having been retained on summer contracts since graduating from the Academy in 2007.

In 2010, Whiteley hit the headlines locally with a sensational 204 not out from 117 balls, that included 18 fours and 18 sixes and remains the fourth highest in the history of the Derbyshire Premier League.

Head coach Karl Krikken said: “Ross has taken his first team opportunities well this season and he looks a very promising cricketer. As a player who can strike the ball very cleanly and swing it bowling left-arm, he can be a valuable commodity for us for years to come.”

Chairman Chris Grant added: “Following the recent signing of Tom Knight on a long-term contract, this new deal for Ross is the next step as we implement the policy of backing our home grown players.”