Foxes winter update 1 - 2017/18

by Harry Josephs

With the season drawing to a conclusion at the end of September, some of the Leicestershire squad have ventured to warmer climates in preparation for the 2018 season. 

A number of the first team squad are either abroad, playing in their homeland or due to travel abroad at some point. Others will soon be reporting back for the start of the winter programme at the Fischer County Ground.

Seamer Zak Chappell is with the ECB Pace Programme this winter, meaning he will spend time in Loughborough, Desert Springs (Spain) and Potchefstroom (South Africa).

Colin Ackermann started his domestic season for Warriors in South Africa in brilliant style, registering a career-best 187 not out as well as another century and 50 in the first three Sunfoil Sport matches. 

Mark Cosgrove has taken his fine form from 2017 to Adelaide, scoring 134 for Northern Districts Cricket Club in the second round of this season’s first grade competition. 

Spinner Callum Parkinson, batsman Ned Eckersley and wicket-keeper Harry Swindells will also spend time in Australia this winter. 

Parkinson will continue to develop his spin by bowling at the England Lions and Young Lions while Eckersley is playing for Western Suburbs Cricket Club in Sydney. 

Swindells is based in Melbourne, playing for Balwyn Cricket Club. He made an impressive first impression, making 67 and taking two catches on debut.

Tom Wells has travelled to New Zealand to play for Auckland University and could not have got off to a better start, returning stunning figures of 7 for 31. Wells has joined up with former Leicestershire seamer Anthony Ireland having enjoyed a previous spell in with the club.

Another Fox in that part of the world is all-rounder Ben Raine, who is representing Riccarton Cricket Club in Christchurch. 

New signing Ateeq Javid is travelling to Lahore, Pakistan and is spending time at the National Cricket Academy. Javid will be at the NCA until January before returning to the UK to join up with his new teammates. 

Young batsman Sam Evans will spend his winter studying Geography at Loughborough University, completing his second year while training with his MCCU side.

After finishing his stint with the Foxes, all-rounder Cameron Delport travelled to Afghanistan where he made one half-century and a century during his time with the Boost Defenders. Delport is now playing in the Bangladesh Premier League for Dhaka Dynamites.

Luke Ronchi, who shone in T20 for the Foxes this summer, participated in the Caribbean Premier League for four fixtures, representing Guyana Amazon Warriors. Ronchi was in explosive form as ever, hitting an unbeaten 55 and 70.