Boyd Rankin will play for Derbyshire for the remainder of the ECB T20 competition.

The 35-year old paceman is centrally-contracted by Ireland and currently playing Inter-Provincial first-class cricket for the North West Warriors but will link up with the Falcons immediately as an overseas player and will be available for tomorrow’s match against Northants Steelbacks.

“I’m pleased to have joined Derbyshire for the Vitality Blast.," said Rankin, who was previously on the books of Derbyshire early in his career under the tutelage of Mike Hendrick.

"I’ve always enjoyed T20, it’s such an exciting format and I can’t wait to get going. I am very familiar with the club having played here previously and I know that the supporters are right behind the players, so hopefully we can put in some good performances and get wins on the board.”

Rankin won the English Twenty20 competition in 2014, claiming 14 wickets at an average of 20.00 to help Warwickshire claim the title. He has taken 89 wickets in 77 Twenty20 matches throughout his T20 career at an average of 21.39, with career best figures of 4-9. 

Cricket Ireland submitted a No Objection Certificate this week, effectively permitting Rankin to sign up with Derbyshire.

Head of Cricket at Derbyshire, Dave Houghton said: “We have been looking for an additional fast bowler to strengthen our current squad for the T20. Boyd has international experience and will fit in well with the bowlers that we already have. With the pace and bounce that he generates, he will bring a new dimension and give us that bit extra.

“We would like to thank Cricket Ireland for their positive response and support in helping to make this happen.”