Sadler returns as Second XI Coach

Leicestershire County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the return of John Sadler as our new Second XI Coach.

Sadler spent the majority of his professional playing career at the Fischer County Ground and is sure to receive a warm welcome back to the Fischer County Ground when starting his new role at the beginning of January.

The 34-year-old was an important member of the Leicestershire Foxes squad that reached Finals Day for the first four seasons of T20, including being part of the sides that lifted the trophy in 2004 at Edgbaston and 2006 at Trent Bridge.

Sadler played in Leicestershire’s very first T20 game in 2003 and was in the Foxes team for the semi-final against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge that year. He also played versus Essex in the 2006 semi-final before an injury sustained in the nets between matches cruelly ruled him out of the showpiece game against Nottinghamshire.

The left-hander made 38 NatWest T20 Blast appearances for Leicestershire, scoring 423 runs with a best of 73 against Durham, and also posted 1,474 List A runs in 70 games.

Sadler played 52 first-class games for Leicestershire, scoring 2,630 runs at an average of 34.15, including two classy innings where he registered 145 versus both Surrey and Sussex. His best year came in 2006 where Sadler scored more than 1,000 first-class runs at an average of just under 50.  

ECB Level 4 accredited coach Sadler has previously worked alongside the club’s new Assistant Coach, Graeme Welch, and completes a new-look coaching structure headed by Pierre de Bruyn, with Andy Siddall being named as the club’s Academy Director.

Sadler said: “I’m absolutely delighted to take on this new role at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, it feels like I’m returning home. I had five seasons as a player at the club and my fondest playing memories are from here, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn said: “We had a number of high quality applications from all over the globe and are pleased to welcome John back to the club. He is a highly impressive person and exceptional coach.

“John will complete our coaching team here very nicely as he shares the same personality and values, and he understands the culture that we have in place. John also has knowledge of the club’s history and traditions from his time here as a player so it is a good fit all round.”