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Batsman leaves Derbyshire

Matt LinekerMatt Lineker has exited Derbyshire after the Club elected not to renew his contract which expires at the end of the season.

Leaving the County Ground with immediate effect allows the 27-year-old more time to explore options for his future career.

A stalwart of local Premier League cricket with Ockbrook & Borrowash, Lineker joined Derbyshire on a summer contract ahead of the 2011 season and won the Second XI Player of the Year award in his debut campaign.

Enjoying spells in the first team during the latter halves of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Lineker made ten first-class appearances at the top of the order averaging 19.17, including a highest score of 71 against Kent at the County Ground last season.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Matt departs with the very best wishes of everyone at the club. His journey from club cricketer to professional is a fine example to young players around Derbyshire and throughout the country.

“He got off to a few positive starts during his run in the team this year, but was unfortunately unable to convert them into big scores and we are now looking at alternative options at the top of the order for next season.”

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