Northants looking at Town all-rounder
PETERBOROUGH Town allrounder Lewis Bruce could be playing first-class cricket for Northants next summer.
The 24 year-old has been invited to train with the Northants first team in the new year after impressing in winter trials.
Bruce first came to the county’s attention last summer when combining an excellent season in the Northants Premier Division for his club with an outstanding Minor Counties campaign for Cambridgeshire.
He was the second-highest wickettaker in Minor Counties cricket last summer, claiming 48 wickets with his off-spin as Cambs reached the final of the Minor Counties Championship.
Bruce also passed 500 runs in the Northants League, but it’s his bowling which has most attracted the attention of Northants coach David Capel, a former England Test player.
Bruce said: “I was offered a game with Northants seconds last summer, but it was rained off before I had a chance to bowl.
“They invited me to go over there for some winter nets and after a couple of sessions they approached me and asked me to train with their first team in the new year.
“It’s my bowling they’re interested in as they only have one spinner in their squad in the moment so I’m going over on Thursdays.
“I’m not sure exactly what it means, but I’ll go over there and see what happens.
“It’s a great opportunity for me, but I’m not getting my hopes up too much.
“I’m quite old to be starting a professional career and it may be they just offer me some second team games next summer to see how I go in them.
“They’ve presumably seen my Minor Counties statistics and if they class that cricket as equivalent to their second team cricket, maybe it will go further.”
Bruce was a child superstar during his days at the Thomas Deacon Academy.
He was playing senior cricket for the school’s old boys’ team at the age of 12 before transfering to Town.
Bruce spent three years playing in the competitive North East Premier League during his time at university in Newcastle before returning to Peterborough Town a couple of summers ago.
Bruce is currently the Town vicecaptain and is expected to take over as skipper when long-serving chief Ajaz Akhtar retires at the end of next season . . . unless of course he has a Northants contract in his pocket.
TOWN batsman David Clarke has also had trials with Northants and Yorkshire.
The club’s 16 year-old all-rounder Rob Sayer has just won a place in the Leicestershire Academy.
GOOD ON YER BRUCE: Lewis Bruce could be on his way to Northants.
ACADEMY: Rob Sayer has won a place at the Leicestershire Academy.
TRIALS: David Clarke has had trials with Yorkshire and Northants