Dearden pens contract extension

Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that young batsman Harry Dearden has agreed a new one-year contract with the club.

The 21-year-old has continued his development as a batsman at the Foxes and becomes the latest player to commit his future to the club alongside Pakistan star Muhammad Abbas and key all-rounder Neil Dexter.

Dearden made his first-class debut in 2016 and has since played a number of good Specsavers County Championship innings, including 87 at Derbyshire CCC last year and an unbeaten half-century to guide the team to a memorable victory at Kent in July.

The left-hander impressed on his Vitality Blast debut in smashing a quickfire 61 off 40 balls against Northants Steelbacks at the Fischer County Ground. He previously scored a century in that format for the Second XI against former county Lancashire CCC.

Dearden is approaching 1,000 runs in all formats for the club and has also taken a couple of wickets with his handy off-spin.

He said: “I’m really pleased to sign for another season with the Foxes, it was a testing time after picking up the injury towards the end of last year, and I’m delighted to be back playing regularly again.

“I’ve learnt a lot from Nico [Paul Nixon], Sads [John Sadler] and Tom [Smith], and I’m ready for a lot of hard work over the winter to prepare for the 2019 season.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “Harry [Dearden] is a young batsman who goes about his batting in an impressive manner.

“He has demonstrated his versatility in red ball cricket and also has excellent white ball skills, as demonstrated through his form as T20 progressed. We look forward to Harry continuing his development with us.”

* As well as the contract extensions, Chris Wright, Will Davis and Arron Lilley have signed for Leicestershire CCC ahead of the new campaign. Follow the Foxes throughout the 2019 season by becoming a Member of the club - more details are coming soon!