Billy’s set a mis­sion on seal­ing new deal

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE -

NOT­TING­HAMSHIRE’S Billy Root has been chal­lenged to force his way into their County Cham­pi­onship team af­ter sign­ing a new con­tract at Trent Bridge.

Root, 25, the younger brother of Eng­land cap­tain Joe, put pen to pa­per on a two-year deal – his first pro­fes­sional con­tract.

He had come through the York­shire Academy be­fore be­ing re­leased in 2011 and join­ing the MCC Young Crick­eters, though is now a reg­u­lar in white-ball cricket for Notts.

Not­ting­hamshire Head coach Peter Moores said: “He’s been an ef­fec­tive player for us, par­tic­u­larly in one-day cricket.

“We’re look­ing for him to now push on in both white and red-ball cricket af­ter work­ing very hard for this op­por­tu­nity.”

Bowler Luke Fletcher, 28, who won’t play again un­til next sea­son af­ter be­ing struck on the head against War­wick­shire in July, has also signed a two-year con­tract.

Moores added: “It’s a well-de­served con­tract for Luke be­cause of what he has done in the last 12 months.

“He’s gone away and looked quite hard at what he can do to get him­self into the team.

“We have seen the re­sults of that in the way he bowled in the first part of the County Cham­pi­onship.”

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