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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SIGN PACE BOWLER NATHAN BUCK


Nathan Buck has signed a three-year deal with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club that will start next year.

Leicester-born Buck joins Northamptonshire from Lancashire, where he has spent the last two seasons after leaving Leicestershire in 2014. The right-arm seamer was highly rated as a teenager, regularly being clocked at 75mph at the tender age of 15. Before turning 17, he had trained with England A, often under the tuition of the England bowling coach at the time, Ottis Gibson. He was England's leading wicket taker at the 2010 U-19 World Cup with 13 victims and that season took 49 wickets at 27. He was then selected for the England Lions tour to the West Indies where he took five wickets, though injury has since hindered his progress.

Buck has been very successful with the white ball this season, taking 8 wickets in the One Day Cup and 12 in the T20 competition. Despite having limited opportunities with the red ball at Lancashire, he hopes to contribute in all three formats for NCCC next season, with the hope of bringing more success to the club.

Commenting on his move, Nathan said, “I want to thank Lancashire for everything they’ve done for me over the last two years - the fans have been exceptional.

“I’m excited at the prospect of being able to play for a club like Northamptonshire. 

“It will be a new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to getting back to my best with some exciting cricket. They are a strong, tight-knit side that have done exceptionally well this season; I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

The 25-year-old's arrival will no doubt bolster Northamptonshire’s bowling attack, bringing in some additional quality and depth to our seam bowling unit.

Northamptonshire’s head coach, David Ripley added: "We are delighted to welcome Nathan to the club. He has a lot of experience for a 25 year old, including representing the England Lions, but I feel he is yet to reach his peak, which is very exciting for us.

“He will fit in very well into the changing room and showed a lot of desire to come to us when other counties were very interested.

“I’d like to thank Ashley Giles and Lancashire for their co-operation”.

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