Name - Dieter Klein
Squad Number - 77
Born - Lichtenburg, North West Province, October 31, 1988
Joined - 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 Uptonsteel County Ground.
Klein has a very impressive first-class record, claiming 221 first-class wickets at an average of 28.82 and also has six half-centuries to his name in that format.
His white ball record is also good, the seamer having taken 75 wickets in List A and T20 cricket combined at an average of 27.91 and 28.61 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.
In 2019, the South African born seamer earned an international call-up for Germany where he played two T20I's against Spain, claiming his maiden T20I wicket.
The now-German international played a starring role in Leicestershire's 2021 T20 campaign which saw the Foxes lose out on the last ball for a place at Finals Day to eventual winners Notts Outlaws.
A link to Dieter Klein's career record for Leicestershire is available HERE