Chris Wright, the 32-year-old pacer, penned a two-year deal with the second division club Leicestershire on Thursday (July 5). The veteran pacer, who has taken 384 wickets in first-class cricket, was with Warwickshire for seven years. He has also played for Essex, Middlesex and England Lions. Wright shone brightly in the 2011 season, when he joined Warwickshire on a loan from Essex, bagging 22 wickets at 24.31.
The consistent performer, however, didn’t have a good time last year, snaring just 16 wickets at 43.47. This year, too, he has struggled for wickets, snaring 19 scalps at over 40. Wright, who made his first-class debut for Cambridge UCCE against Essex in 2004, recorded his best figures in an innings (6 for 22) versus the county that he is set to play for – Leicestershire – in 2008. He is also a useful batsman lower down the order, with 2532 first-class runs.
“I am really excited to be joining the Leicestershire Foxes for the 2019 season and beyond. The club is heading in a good direction. I really hope I can add some experience to what is a good squad with lots of ambition, and helping to win some silverware,” Wright said to County’s website. “Everyone I have spoken to about the club has very positive things to say and I can’t wait for this new challenge. I would also like to thank everybody involved at Warwickshire Bears for making my time at the club so special,” he added.
“It’s a real coup for us to sign Chris, I know that there was plenty of interest in his signature, and we’re absolutely delighted that he has decided to join us. Chris has been a consistent, high-class performer in county cricket and has played a key role in Warwickshire’s successes. We know that Chris will slot in seamlessly and add to the quality bowling unit we have here at the Foxes,” Paul Nixon, the head coach, said.
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