Maynard Thrilled as Welsh County Capture Dalrymple
Byline: By Phil Blanche Western Mail
Matthew maynard last night hailed the capture of England all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple as "sending out a message about the direction in which Glamorgan is heading."
But the signing of the 26-year-old Dalrymple could place a big question mark against the future of former club captain Robert Croft.
Like the long-serving Croft - 38 next summer when he will be in the final year of his current deal at Sophia Gardens - Dalrymple is an off-spinner who bats in the lower middle order.
The former Middlesex man, who has played in 27 one-day internationals, including the Commonwealth Bank Series triumph in Australia last winter and the 2007 World Cup, would seem to be the natural spinning all-round successor to Croft.
Since making his Middlesex debut in 2000, he has taken over 200 wickets in limited overs and first-class matches and scored almost 6,000 runs in both forms of the game.
But the Kenyan-born Dalrymple lost his way at Middlesex last summer and hopes to revive his career at Glamorgan, for whom he has signed a three-year deal.
Maynard - who worked with Dalrymple during his time as England assistant coach - was delighted after landing his first major signing since taking over as Glamorgan cricket manager in September.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that such a proven quality cricketer as Jamie has joined Glamorgan," said Maynard.
"It sends out a great message to everyone about the direction in which the club is heading.
"Jamie offers great strength and international experience to our squad, and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will be able to contribute to all departments in both our one-day and four-day teams. …