Northants look­ing at Town all-rounder

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

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

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