Name - Dieter Klein
Squad Number - 77
Player Sponsor - Thomas Cook Sport
Born - Lichtenburg, North West Province, October 31, 1988
Joined - Leicestershire 2016
Role - Right-hand batsman, left-arm fast-medium bowler
Teams Represented – Leicestershire, Lions, North West
Left arm seamer Dieter Klein signed a contract at Leicestershire after impressing while on trial in 2016. Klein has gone on to play a key role in all formats.
Klein, who has played for Lowerhouse CC in the Lancashire Leagues as a professional in 2016, initially made his mark by claiming five wickets for the club’s Second XI in their draw against MCC Universities at Desborough Town CC.
The left armer was then registered ahead of the Royal London One-Day Cup match against Lancashire Lightning and performed well in that game, taking two wickets as the team landed an excellent 131-run victory at the Fischer County Ground.
Klein has a very impressive first-class record, claiming 196 first-class wickets at an average of 28.42 and also has five half-centuries to his name in that format.
His white ball record is also good, the seamer having taken 52 wickets in List A and T20 cricket combined at an average of 26.05 and 19.80 respectively.
Klein made a real impact in all three formats in 2017. In the Specsavers County Championship he took 28 wickets in nine innings, including two five-wicket hauls with best figures of 6 for 80.
Klein also came into the Royal London One-Day Cup side, where opening the bowling he generated good pace and swung the ball late, taking eight wickets in six fixtures. Klein also took seven wickets in the T20 Blast.
In 2018 he also demonstrated his ability with the bat, going close to recording a century in the final game of the season at Glamorgan CCC.
A link to Dieter Klein's career record for Leicestershire is available HERE