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Lancashire sign Richard Gleeson on a three-year contract

Lancashire sign Richard Gleeson on a three-year contract

 "I'm really looking forward to returning home" - Gleeson

Lancashire Cricket Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Northants seamer Richard Gleeson on a three-year contract with immediate effect.

Gleeson, a 30 year-old from Blackpool who came through the Lancashire system, has only been playing First Class cricket for the last three seasons after previously impressing in Minor Counties cricket with Cumberland, whilst working for Lancashire as a Cricket Development Officer.

His record for Northants over the last three years is impressive across all three formats. He has made 22 First Class appearances taking 83 wickets at an average of 22, 21 List A games taking 28 wickets at an average of 29 and has taken 34 wickets from 31 T20s at an average of 23.

He made his debut for England Lions on their tour of the West Indies earlier this year, whilst Gleeson also played in the North-South series in Barbados in March.

Lancashire Head Coach, Glen Chapple said: “We’re really pleased to have signed Richard on a three-year contract.

“He’s a quality fast bowler and is a player that will strengthen our attack in all three formats of the game in the coming years.”

The tall right-arm bowler played a key role as Northants won the T20 Blast trophy at Edgbaston in 2016 where he took 14 wickets in 10 games at an average of 16. He also had the lowest economy rate in the competition of less than six runs per over.

Watch Richard Gleeson in action for Northants

Richard Gleeson, added: “I’m over the moon to have signed for Lancashire.

“Growing up in Blackpool, it was always a dream of mine to play for my boyhood county and this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity Northants have given me over the last three years, but I feel that this is the perfect move for me at this stage of my career and I’m really looking forward to returning home and representing the Red Rose.”

Gleeson will be available for Lancashire’s final two Specsavers County Championship matches of the season against Yorkshire at Headingley and Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

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