Role – Assistant Coach
Sponsor – Tonic Cosmetic Surgery UK
Date and Place of Birth – November 19, 1981, Yorkshire
Playing Career – Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire
First Class Career – 2003-2010
One Day Career – 1999-2010
T20 Career – 2003-2010
Former Leicestershire CCC player John Sadler returned as the club’s new Second XI Coach ahead of the 2017 season. Sadler was then named as Assistant Coach to new Head Coach Paul Nixon the following November.
Sadler spent the majority of his professional playing career at the Fischer County Ground. The 34-year-old was an important member of the Leicestershire Foxes squad that reached Finals Day for the first four seasons of T20, including being part of the sides that lifted the trophy in 2004 at Edgbaston and 2006 at Trent Bridge.
The left-handed batsman played in Leicestershire’s very first T20 game in 2003 and was in the Foxes team for the semi-final against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge that year. He also played versus Essex in the 2006 semi-final before an injury sustained in the nets between matches cruelly ruled him out of the showpiece game against Nottinghamshire.
Sadler made 38 NatWest T20 Blast appearances for Leicestershire, scoring 423 runs with a best of 73 against Durham, posted 1,474 List A runs in 70 games, and made 2,630 first-class runs at an average of 34.15, including two classy innings where he registered 145 versus both Surrey and Sussex.
His best year came in 2006 where Sadler scored more than 1,000 first-class runs at an average of just under 50 as well as playing a key role in the T20 winning team.
After retiring from playing, Sadler moved into coaching and spent three years at Derbyshire before rejoining Leicestershire.