Name - Nick Welch
Squad Number - 67
Born - Harare, Zimbabwe, February 5, 1998
Joined - 2020
Role - Right-hand batsman
Teams Represented – Harare Kings, Leicestershire 2nd XI, Mashonaland Eagles, Surrey 2nd XI, Zimbabwe Under-17s
Nick Welch put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract in cricket, with Leicestershire County Cricket Club during the 2020 season.
The Zimbabwe native was no stranger to Leicestershire CCC before officially becoming a Running Fox as he donned the Leicestershire Fox numerous times in 2019 for the Second XI, as well as appearing against Leicestershire for Loughborough MCCU.
At the time, Welch had plenty of runs to his name not only for Leicestershire but also for Surrey as he appeared for their Second XI in 2019 also.
The right-handed batsman appeared for Surrey Second XI in 2018 where he posted some impressive scores including a high score of 175* as well as a 149. In 2018, he appeared in 28 matches for Surrey Second XI claiming 941 runs at an average of 26.88.
The following year he appeared in 16 matches for Surrey Second XI posting 497 runs, with a high score of 90 and an average of 27.61.
In the same year, 2019, Welch also played for Leicestershire Second XI where he certainly put his name on the map with some incredible performances which saw him post 404 runs in 6 matches, including a high score of 119 and an average of 80.80.
Welch also has some first-class appearances to his name for Loughborough MCCU where he has played 5 innings posting 163 runs in total, a high score of 79 and an average of 32.60.
During the 2020 season, Welch came in to open the batting alongside overseas Gareth Delany during the Running Foxes Vitality Blast campaign.
Welch made his debut for the Running Foxes in the defeat against Durham, but featured in every match following including the quarter-final clash at Trent Bridge against Notts Outlaws.
The right-handed batsman looked in good touch throughout the remainder of the competition, posting a highest score of 43 in the must-win fixture against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford.