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Toby Lester joins Warwickshire on loan

Toby Lester joins Warwickshire on loan

Lancashire fast bowler Toby Lester has joined Warwickshire on a month-long loan, covering four rounds of Specsavers County Championship fixtures.

Lester, who signed a new two-year contract extension earlier this year, impressed in last year’s Vitality Blast campaign taking 15 wickets, but is yet to make a First Team appearance for Lancashire this season.

The 26 year-old will be available for Warwickshire’s Specsavers County Championship game against Surrey at The Kia Oval, starting on Sunday.

Toby Lester said, “Obviously, I’m hungry to be playing First XI cricket and currently opportunities are limited here at Lancashire with the bowling group we’ve got playing in the County Championship. They are all in really good form so it’s been difficult to force a way into the side.

“When the opportunity to play First Team Championship cricket at Warwickshire came about, I felt it was a great chance for me to go and show what I can do. After this month-long loan period, I will return to Emirates Old Trafford and I look forward to contributing to winning games for Lancashire.”

Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allott said, “It’s a good opportunity for Toby to get some games under his belt over the next few weeks with Warwickshire, which will give him invaluable First XI bowling experience which is currently unavailable to him at Lancashire.

“If the situation changes with regards to injuries, we can recall Toby from the loan at any time. We will track his progress and look forward to having him back ahead of the Vitality Blast campaign, which starts in a month’s time.”

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