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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2006, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Veteran Di Venuto to join Durham
Di Venuto
Di Venuto spent eight years with Derbyshire
Durham have signed Australian opening batsman Michael di Venuto as their sole overseas player for 2007.

Di Venuto, who has made 16,745 first-class runs at an average 43.04, left Derbyshire acrimoniously last month, after eight years there.

He said: "There is so much young talent at the club and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to work with them."

Former Notts batsman Will Smith and Yorkshire seamer Mitchell Claydon have also agreed deals at the Riverside.

And all-rounder Will Gidman, brother of Gloucestershire star Alex, is the third young star to have signed on for two years.

Durham coach Martyn Moxon stressed that the decision on a single official overseas player would be open to review during the season.

The decision means opener Jimmy Maher and seamer Mick Lewis, both Australians, will not be returning.

But Durham also have two foreign players who sidestep the official designation under European Union laws, captain Dale Benkenstein and spinner Gareth Breese.

"The decision to go for one overseas player at the start of the season is primarily made to give our young talent the opportunity they have earned," said Moxon.

"Playing two overseas players reduces the chances our emerging players get to develop their skills."



SEE ALSO
Di Venuto set to leave Derbyshire
11 Sep 06 |  Derbyshire
Smith opts to leave Trent Bridge
29 Sep 06 |  Nottinghamshire
Tykes release Blakey and Claydon
29 Sep 06 |  Yorkshire


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