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Sadler leaves Leicestershire CCC

Leicestershire County Cricket Club has announced that Assistant Coach John Sadler has left the club to join Northamptonshire CCC as Assistant Head Coach and Lead Batting Coach.

Sadler joined the coaching staff in Leicestershire CCC ahead of the 2017 season as the club’s Second XI Coach.

The following season saw Paul Nixon named Head Coach at the Fischer County Ground, and Sadler was promoted to the role of Assistant Coach.

Prior to his coaching career at Leicestershire CCC, Sadler spent much of his playing career at Grace Road, a period that saw him play in the Foxes’ very first T20 fixture in 2003. Sadler appeared in the first four T20 Finals Days, winning the competition in both 2004 and 2006.

In total, Sadler played in 38 T20 fixtures, scoring 423 runs. He also made 2,630 first-class runs at an average of 34.15 as well as 1,474 List A runs in 70 games.

Since turning his hand to coaching, Sadler has overseen the growth of many batsmen at the Fischer County Ground, including Hassan Azad.

Azad went on to post the highest amount of runs in the 2019 Specsavers County Championship season in his debut season, 1,189, and he was the second highest scorer in the County Championship only to current England opener Dominic Sibley.

Sadler said: “I would like to thank everyone at Leicestershire for the support I have received in the last three seasons.

"It is never easy when deciding to move on, especially when you have an emotional connection but I feel now is the right time for me to embark on a new challenge.

"I wish Nico [Paul Nixon], his staff and the players all the best for the future."

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose John. He is a good man and has been a close friend on and off the pitch, both as a player at Leicestershire and as a coach. We wish him well and thank him for his contribution over the past few years.

“He feels he has a good opportunity to progress his coaching at Northamptonshire, and we wish all the very best going forward.”    

Everybody at Leicestershire CCC would like to thank John for his services here with the Foxes - as a player and as a coach - and look forward to welcoming him back to the FCG in the future.