Name - Harry Dearden
Squad Number - 5
Born - Bury, Lancashire, May 7, 1997
Joined - 2016
Role – Left-hand batsman, right-arm off-break bowler
Teams Represented – Leicestershire
Leicestershire announced the signing of batsman Harry Dearden after an impressive season for the Club’s Second XI in 2016.
The batsman put in a number of good performances, including a brilliant century at Yorkshire in the Second XI Championship and a score of 46 in the Trophy semi-final at Somerset.
He was then handed a first-class debut at Derbyshire before going on to play in the home victory against Glamorgan.
Dearden, who came through the age-group system at Lancashire, has demonstrated his ability to construct long, patient innings, and has also batted at a brisk pace in white ball cricket.
The Bury-born batsman made 11 first-class appearances for Leicestershire on his first full year on the staff. Dearden’s top score came against Glamorgan where he made a composed 87 against an attack that featured South Africa paceman Marchant de Lange.
On the back of this score Dearden signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at the Uptonsteel County Ground until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Following a positive 2018 for the youngster, Dearden extended his stay in Leicestershire for a further year.
Dearden's performance in 2018 saw him heavily involved within the County Championship campaign, as well as making solitary appearances in the white-ball fixtures.
His best performance came in his single Vitality Blast appearance where he hit a quickfire 61 from 40 balls. The former-Lancashire age-group batsman hit a total of 357 runs in 10 Specsavers County Championship fixtures.
Dearden kept improving throughout the 2019 season and this was evident from his superb career-best List A of 91, as he opened the batting alonsgide skipper Paul Horton in the victory over Worcestershire. His 91 came at a strike-rate of 98.91.
Further deals then followed for the batsman, as he enters the 2021 season as part of the batting line-up in the young, fresh Running Foxes squad that Paul Nixon has assembled at the Uptonsteel County Ground.
A link to Harry Dearden's career record for Leicestershire is available HERE
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