YORKSHIRE batter Tom Kohler-Cadmore will join LV= Insurance County Championship division one rivals Somerset next season.

Kohler-Cadmore, who has been at Yorkshire since 2017, had been contracted to the Tykes until the end of 2023 but the club have "released (him) from the final year of his contract in order to allow him to pursue an opportunity elsewhere."

The 27-year-old will head to Somerset in the winter, having penned a three-year all-format contract with the South West club.

The former England Lions international becomes the second high-profile player to announce his departure from Headingley in less than a week, following on from T20 captain David Willey's confirmed return to Northamptonshire.

Yorkshire interim managing director of cricket Darren Gough explained: “Having been in discussions with Tom over the last few months, it has become clear that this opportunity for him to join Somerset is one he would very much like to take.

"I’d like to thank him for his significant contributions to the club over the last six years and wish him all the best for his future.”

Kohler-Cadmore himself said: “I’m very grateful to Darren Gough for his understanding in allowing me to pursue an opportunity elsewhere and have enjoyed my time at Headingley.

"I’d like to wish my teammates and all of the supporters every success for the future.

“I’m really looking forward to the next chapter of my career now.

"Somerset are a club that are held in high regard within the game and I’m looking forward to contributing to them lifting silverware in the next few years.

“I know that the members and supporters are so passionate about their cricket in the West Country and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them.”

Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry added: “We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of such a talented batter who is driven to playing at the highest level.

"His record speaks for itself across all formats, and he will bring a wealth of experience from his time within the English domestic game plus from the time that he’s spent in global competitions around the world.

“He has proven experience of scoring hundreds across all formats, which includes nine first-class hundreds, and we are looking forward to the positive impact he can bring across all formats of the game.”

Elsewhere, Yorkshire have fallen out of the qualifying spots in the Vitality T20 Blast after a six-wicket defeat at Derbyshire.

The visitors were all out for 175 after 20 overs, with stand-in captain Harry Brook - deputising in the absence of England call-up Willey - leading the charge with 77.

Persistent rain left Derbyshire chasing 105 from 10 overs, a target they reached with two balls to spare primarily thanks to Leus du Plooy's unbeaten 48 from just 20 balls.

The defeat at Chesterfield meant Yorkshire were unable to record successive wins following their 65-runs triumph away to Durham.

Adam Lyth top-scored (81) in the Tykes' posting of 201/5 while Durham made only136/8 in reply, with Jack Shutt taking four wickets from as many overs.

Ottis Gibson's side have dropped to fifth in the table, a point behind fourth-placed Derbyshire.