Squad Number - 33
Player Sponsor - Smith Brothers Stores
Born - Oxford, August 9, 1989
Joined - Leicestershire 2011
Role - Right-hand batsman, wicket-keeper
Teams Represented - MCC, MCC Young Cricketers, Leicestershire
Highlight of Career - Maiden first-class century v Middlesex
Players Admired - Alec Stewart
Relaxations - Cards, listening to iPod
Talented batsman and wicket-keeper Ned Eckersley has established himself as a key part of Leicestershire’s line-up across all three formats of the game.
In the 2017 season Eckersley hit his highest first class score for Leicestershire. He was the third centurion in the match against Derbyshire, hitting 158.
Eckersley played a prominent role in leading the side from his role as vice captain. He skippered the Foxes in four Royal London One-Day Cup games, two Specsavers County Championship fixtures and the two-day game against the West Indies.
His 2016 campaign included the notable achievement of scoring centuries in three consecutive first-class innings. Eckersley became only the third batsman in the club’s history to achieve that particular feat.
The 28-year-old’s best year for the club came in 2013, where he scored 1,302 first-class runs at an average of more than 50 and made 386 runs in the one-day arena.
Eckersley was capped in 2013 and also won six trophies at Awards Night, including being named Leicestershire CCC’s Cricketer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year. He also won the Livingston Cup for Batting in the First XI, the John Josephs award for outstanding performance in the First XI, the Supporters’ Player of the Year and the Roger Goadby fielding award.
A former member of the MCC Groundstaff, Eckersley joined Leicestershire for pre-season in 2011 and made a good impression. Eckersley scored almost 1,350 runs in all Second XI fixtures and was rewarded for his consistent performances by receiving the chance to impress in the First XI in the County Championship.
Eckersley made a successful move up the order to number three in 2012. Eckersley demonstrated great powers of concentration during a match-saving 137 in his second innings in that role at Glamorgan.
A link to Ned Eckersley's career record for Leicestershire is available HERE