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Squad Number - 33
Player Sponsor - Tony Wilkinson
Born - Oxford, August 9, 1989
Joined - Leicestershire 2011
Role - Right Handed 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
Ned Eckersley is an extremely consistent and dependable cricketer for Leicestershire CCC. Eckersley has played in every LV=CC game over the last two seasons - the only player to achieve that particular feat - and churned out more than 2,100 first-class runs in that time.
Eckersley had a hard act to follow last season. The 25-year-old amassed 1,302 first-class runs at an average of over 50 and also scored 386 runs in the one-day arena during the 2013 campaign.
Eckersley won six trophies at Awards Night in 2013, including being named Leicestershire’s Cricketer of the Year as well as collecting the cherished Players’ Player of the Year honour. He also won the Livingston Cup for Batting in the First XI as well as the John Josephs award for outstanding performance in the First XI following his 147 at Essex. Eckersley scooped the Supporters’ Player of the Year award and the Roger Goadby fielding award.
The batsman made his best scores in all three competitions, including a fantastic 147 against Essex at Chelmsford in the LV=CC. He registered five centuries in all competitions, including two in the same game against Worcestershire. Eckersley became the first Leicestershire batsman since Brad Hodge to achieve that feat. He also received his county cap during that glorious summer.
Eckersley has not looked back since the four-day game at Glamorgan in 2012. After being asked to bat at number three, he demonstrated great powers of concentration during his match-saving 137 in the second innings. Eckersley had batted well with Michael Thornely in the first innings and their mammoth second innings stand of 245 in 88.4 overs ensured Leicestershire picked up a draw.
He also showed that he can press down on the accelerator during a stunning unbeaten 72 off just 44 balls at Worcestershire. In that CB40 innings, Eckersley smashed seven sixes and his knock went a long way to winning the game.
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 LV=County Championship.
Eckersley made his first 50 at Bristol before registering a maiden first-class century against Middlesex in the final game of the season. The keeper scored 321 first-class runs at an average a shade above 40 and also took seven catches in the game against Middlesex at Grace Road to underline his all-round abilities.
Eckersley's career record at Leicestershire:
Ned Eckersley 2014 (34.40 kB)
Sponsor - Tony Wilkinson