(CMC) Former West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds has agreed a deal to remain with the English County Derbyshire next season.
The Jamaican, 32, has impressed with both bat and ball since being given belated clearance to play as a Kolpak by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Hinds has scored five half-centuries and taken 16 wickets in all competitions since joining Derbyshire in June.
Derbyshire said that he was ‘particularly impressive’ in Twenty20 Cup matches when he starred with 61 from 43 balls against Yorkshire and 72 from 51 balls against Lancashire.
The news of the extension offer to Hinds comes a week after former captain Rikki Clarke and spinner Nayan Doshi were released by Derbyshire after less than a year.
‘I have enjoyed my first season with Derbyshire immensely and I am therefore very pleased that I have been offered the opportunity to return in 2009,’ said Hinds, whose new contract also contains an option for 2010.
Hinds, sidelined by West Indies selectors since the 2006 Champions Trophy in India, played 45 Tests and 114 One-Day International matches for West Indies.
‘We have a talented group of players here and ambitious plans for the future. I am excited about being a part of that future,’ he said.
Head of cricket John Morris added: ‘I am naturally delighted to have secured the services of a player with such experience and quality for at least another year.
‘As well as being an exceptional cricketer, Wavell is a terrific personality to have in the changing room and his wealth of experience at the highest level has been, and will continue to be, invaluable.’
In Derbyshire’s latest four-day outing, Hinds scored 54 in their rain-hit game against Glamorgan.
The left-hander stroked seven fours and one six and shared in a 79-run fifth-wicket stand with Dan Redfern (69 not out) as Derbyshire reached 225 for five in reply to Glamorgan’s 348 all out.
Hinds bowled tidily for one for 32 in 16 overs in the Glamorgan innings.