Procter opts for Northants enlighten


Lancashire’s allrounder had a yr left on his contract but he’s leaving Historical Trafford in quest of frequent Championship cricket

Luke Procter has chosen a brand new enlighten at Northants  •  Getty Photos

Luke Procter has chosen a brand new enlighten at Northants  •  Getty Photos

Luke Procter has signed a three-yr take care of Northamptonshire following a a success mortgage duration on the cease of closing season.

Procter joins from Lancashire where he has spent the entire lot of his profession having graduated from Lancashire’s Academy.

He topped the batting averages for Lancashire after they claimed the title in 2011, the season after making the first of his 66 top quality appearances for the membership.

When he enjoyed essentially the most prolific season of his profession in 2016, scoring 822 runs with a profession-greatest 137 against Hampshire, he had hopes that he had finally received a frequent Championship space, but they didn’t materialise below the brand new coach Glen Chapple.

He shone for Northants with 82 and 94 in the County’s closing Championship match against Leicestershire at Grace Street – one which resulted in disappointment after they received the match but narrowly did no longer fetch promotion. He leaves with a yr left on his Lancashire contract.

Procter acknowledged: “I am essentially indignant to have the replace to play for a membership luxuriate in Northamptonshire. They truthfully impressed me on the cease of closing season at the same time as I became on mortgage and the lads have made me feel essentially welcome and half of the crew.”

Northamptonshire’s head coach, David Ripley, added: “We without a doubt desired to impress a batter that can bat time and fabricate partnerships in red ball cricket. Luke confirmed in his time with us on the cease of the season that he can produce that job, averaging 58 and making three fifties.

“I am happy he’s joining us, he could also have stayed in the squad at Lancs but he’s hungry to play extra cricket and is absorbing to transfer to receive the replace. He’s a extra than handy fourth seamer too and his arrival will essentially sharpen the competition in the squad for beginning areas.”

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