UK: Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Ervine snapped up on 28-day loan by Derbyshire

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By Agencies

English county Derbyshire have strengthened their squad for the rest of the County Championship season by signing former Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Ervine on an initial 28-day loan from Hampshire.

The 35 year all-rounder who has played in five Tests and 42 one-day internationals for his country will be available for Derbyshire’s last six Specsavers County Championship games.

He said, “I am excited and grateful to get the opportunity to play some regular first-class cricket this season.”

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman said on Ervine’s inclusion: “ With Luis Reece still recovering from injury, we wanted to bring in an experienced head, and Sean fits the bill with both bat and ball.

“He is a winner and is hungry to score runs and take wickets. I am sure he will do a great job out in the middle for us, as well as pass on his knowledge in the dressing room.”

One of his best moments in international cricket came when Ervine scored a superb 100 off as many balls against India at Adelaide Oval in the 2003/04 triangular series down under.

He along with Stuart Carlisle (109) nearly pulled off an incredible run-chase but they fell short by three runs in the end. His partnership with Carlisle consisting of 202 runs is also the highest 4th wicket partnership for Zimbabwe in ODIs.

In 2004, he was one of the 15 cricketers to rebel against Zimbabwe Cricket Union and has since been involved in first-class cricket.

He has played a total of 227 first-class matches, scoring 11,339 runs, with a top score of 237no and an average of 36.45, and taking 280 wickets with best figures of 6-82. He has scored 29 centuries and 94 half-centuries with the bat in all forms of cricket during his 18-year playing career.