Mike returns after fruitful loan spell

Leicestershire CCC all-rounder Ben Mike is to link back up with his Foxes teammates following a successful recent loan spell with Warwickshire CCC.

Mike initially joined the Bears for a four-week period due to their injury problems but now returns ahead of the Gloucestershire CCC fixture, which is scheduled to get underway on Monday, July 15.

The all-rounder impressed during his time in Division One as he posted two consecutive career-bests with the bat.

Academy Graduate Mike scored 45no against Kent at Canterbury and then posted a maiden first-class half-century in a battling draw at Hampshire CCC at the Ageas Bowl, as well as claiming a wicket.

Mike said: “I received a call from Nico [Paul Nixon] saying that Warwickshire CCC had been in contact because they had a few injuries to their bowlers, and they were wondering whether I wanted to go out on loan with them.

“So, I said that I would love to if that meant playing first-class cricket, but obviously as long as it was alright with him and the club, and he said that it would be good for me.

“A short while later I got a call from Paul Farbrace asking me to get the coach for the trip down to Kent. It was a whirlwind experience, but it was good.”

The 20-year old went on to talk about his experience of joining a new team and settling into a new dressing room, as well as playing Division One cricket.

He said: “It was quite strange at first being in a different dressing room, but as soon as I got there the lads made me feel so welcome and got me involved.

“I was a bit apprehensive at the start playing in Division One, and I noticed the difference straight away.

“If you take Hampshire game for example, they had three international players in their team, and you could tell that the calibre of player in Division One, especially in their skill and execution. It was a good challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed it there.”

Well-known for his all-round abilities, Mike put in some impressive performances at the crease with the bat. none more so than his crucial 72 posted at the Ageas Bowl where he helped Warwickshire CCC to a battling draw.

He said: “It was amazing. All of the lads were clapping me off the pitch and were happy for me.

“It was good to contribute and help the guys get a good result in the end. It was just nice to score some runs and get my first fifty – it was really good.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke on the performances of his young all-rounder: “I am delighted for him,” he said.

“Paul Farbrace had an injury-stricken Warwickshire squad and Benny [Ben Mike] was delighted that he could get some first team experience. It has worked out well for both clubs.

“He has had two tough wickets to play on and has learned what Division One cricket and good players are about, which is great for him.”

Mike was initially due to return to Leicestershire following Warwickshire CCC’s fixture with Essex CCC on Saturday, but is now back at the FCG given that Tom Taylor is injured.

Nixon said: “We have had some bad news that Tommy [Tom Taylor] is going to be injured now for a longer period of time – probably for the rest of the season.

“It is unfortunate for Tom and we are going to make sure that his next three months are planned meticulously so that he gets the best treatment, and we make sure that we get him back fitter and stronger.

“Ben has gone away with Warwickshire and has enjoyed it. He is a young lad that takes everything in and he wants to learn and grow – he has a wonderful attitude.

"We welcome Ben back ahead of a busy period with the game at Gloucestershire followed by the start of T20.”