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Derbyshire sign Somerset paceman Mark Turner

Mark Turner
Turner is a former England Under-19 international

Derbyshire have signed Somerset fast bowler Mark Turner on a two-year deal from the start of the 2011 season.

The 25-year-old, who joined from Durham in 2007, was offered a new contract at Taunton but was keen to play regular County Championship cricket.

"I have played quite a bit of one-day cricket with Somerset and I've done quite well," Turner said.

"But I haven't managed to establish myself in the four-day game and that is what I'm trying to achieve."

Turner added: "The opportunity to play in all forms of cricket is something I can't turn down at this stage of my career. I am looking forward to the challenge.

Mark is an ambitious cricketer who is striving to better himself. That is just the kind of player we want

John Morris

"My new club are getting somebody who can bowl with a bit of pace and somebody who runs in and tries his hardest with every ball he bowls."

Turner knows several members of the squad at the County Ground having previously played alongside Steffan Jones and Wes Durston with Somerset as well as Ian Hunter and Garry Park at Durham.

Head of cricket John Morris added: "Mark is a talented cricketer with his best years ahead of him and I am delighted to add him to our squad.

"That fact that he has been prepared to make this move in search of first-team cricket demonstrates that Mark is an ambitious cricketer who is striving to better himself. That is just the kind of player we want to bring to Derbyshire."



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