Zak Chappell agrees switch to Derbyshire from Nottinghamshire

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Fast bowler Zak Chappell will move to Derbyshire at the end of the season after his contract with Nottinghamshire expires.

Chappell, 25, came through at Leicestershire and was in demand when he moved to Trent Bridge in late 2018. Gloucestershire.

He played in Nottinghamshire’s Royal London Cup opener on Tuesday and will remain available for selection until the end of the summer.

“Zak is an incredibly skilled bowler and a great addition to our all-size attack,” said Derbyshire’s head of cricket, Mickey Arthur. “He probably hasn’t played as much cricket as he would have liked in recent years but he has continued to develop and work hard on his game, now he has the chance to show what he can do as part of our bowling unit.

“Signing Zak is a big step for the club as it gives us even more competition and quality within our ranks for the 2023 season and beyond.”

Chappell claimed his best first-class bowling figures of 6 for 44 with Leicestershire in 2018, but has not played consistently since. He has taken nine Championship wickets this season at 37.77, but enjoyed more success in the Blast with 11 wickets and an economy of 7.70.

Chappell said: “When I heard of Derbyshire’s interest, I jumped at the opportunity to work with a top-notch coaching unit in Mickey Arthur and Ajmal Shahzad.

“Last season I played a good amount in all formats and I feel like I’m now at a point where I need to play cricket at the highest level week after week and signing for Derbyshire gives me the chance to do that.

“Derbyshire has an ambitious project with a lot of quality in the squad. You can see where Mickey wants the club to go and that really appealed to me.”

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores said injuries and competition for places limited Chappell’s chances at Trent Bridge.

“Our bowling attack has certainly been competitive in recent years to break in and that, coupled with getting a number of injuries at key moments, has limited Zak’s ability to play first-team cricket,” said Moores. “He wants to play regularly in all formats. Hopefully this move will give him the opportunity to do that, and it will keep him close to his roots in the East Midlands, so we fully understand and respect his decision.”

“His attitude to the group has been positive throughout his time at Trent Bridge. He trains hard, has gone through his periods of injury rehabilitation professionally and has handled his decision to leave in a respectful and positive manner.

“There is a lot to play for and we can achieve a lot during the rest of the season – and I know that Zak will give everything. When we get to the end of September it will be a matter of thanking him for his efforts and wishing him all the best for the next part of his career.”

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