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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
It is safe to say that Ned Eckersley will not forget the 2013 season in a hurry. Eckersley, who amassed 1,302 first-class runs at an average of over 50, also scored 386 runs in the one-day arena.
Eckersley won six trophies at Awards Night, including being named Leicestershire’s Cricketer of the Year as well as collecting the cherished Players’ Player of the Year honour.
The 24-year old 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, which was decided by an online vote, 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.
One of the hundreds came in the YB40 against Yorkshire, which was a maiden effort in that form of the game. Eckersley was promoted towards the end of the t20 campaign and repaid the faith shown by making his highest score of 42 against Derbyshire.
Eckersley has not looked back since the four-day game at Glamorgan in 2012. After being asked to bat 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. He is also a safe pair of hands, claiming 40 catches and three stumpings in the LV=CC in that season as a keeper and another three catches as an outfielder.
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 in 2011 and was a key member of the Ealing side who won the National Club T20 tournament and got to the semi-final of the ECB National Club competition.
A series of impressive knocks in the Second XI Championship were combined with match-winning innings against Yorkshire and Unicorns A in the Trophy. The batsman also scored a brisk 60 against Unicorns A in a t20 game at Shrewsbury School to help guide the team to Finals Day.
Eckersley 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 2013 (33.44 kB)
Sponsor - Tony Wilkinson