Glee­son’s glee with Lan­cashire switch

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

CRICKET: Richard Glee­son says he is de­lighted to be head­ing home af­ter join­ing Lan­cashire on a three-year-deal from Northamp­ton­shire.

The pace­man will move to Old Traf­ford with im­me­di­ate effect and will be avail­able for Lan­cashire’s fi­nal two Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship games of the sea­son, start­ing against York­shire at Head­in­g­ley this week.

“I’m over the moon to have signed for Lan­cashire,” Glee­son said. “Grow­ing up in Black­pool it was al­ways a dream of mine to play for my boy­hood county and this was an op­por­tu­nity I couldn’t turn down.

“I’m so thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity Northants have given me over the last three years, but I feel that this is the per­fect move for me at this stage of my ca­reer and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing home and rep­re­sent­ing the Red Rose.”

The 30-year-old came through the Lan­cashire sys­tem, but has only played first-class cricket for the last three sea­sons hav­ing proved his worth in Mi­nor Coun­ties cricket with Cum­ber­land. He has taken 83 wick­ets in 22 first-class games.

Glee­son was part of the Northants side that clinched the T20 Blast ti­tle back in 2016 when he boasted the low­est econ­omy rate in the com­pe­ti­tion while tak­ing 14 wick­ets.

His per­for­mances were re­warded with an Eng­land Lions de­but ear­lier this year and he was part of the North-South series in Bar­ba­dos.

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