James Sykes leaves LCCC by mutual consent

Leicestershire County Cricket Club have announced that through mutual agreement, slow left arm spinner James Sykes has left with immediate effect to pursue other playing opportunities.

The 25-year-old’s contract was due to expire at the end of the 2017 season but an early agreement has been reached to allow Sykes to find first team cricket at another county.

Sykes made his white ball debut for the Foxes in both competitions in 2012 and made his red ball debut against Essex the following year. 

The spinner collected 45 wickets in all formats for the club and his first-class best return of 4-176 came during that first game at Chelmsford.

Sykes’ career-best figures in NatWest T20 Blast, 4-0-24-2, also came in his first game at Notts Outlaws, while he claimed 4-57 against Lancashire Lightning in the first game of this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup. 

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn said: “We want to place on record our thanks to James for his hard work and commitment during his time at Leicestershire CCC. We wish him all the very best for the future."