Mason to leave Leicestershire CCC

Leicestershire CCC Head Bowling Coach Matt Mason has announced that he will be leaving at the end of the season to take up a new role with Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.

Mason joined the Foxes ahead of the 2018 season and has since worked as head of the bowling unit at the Fischer County Ground, working with Muhammad Abbas, Gavin Griffiths, Ben Mike, Dieter Klein, Tom Taylor, Will Davis and Chris Wright, as well as the spin bowlers.

Mason said: “It is with sadness that I am leaving Leicestershire after two great seasons here. In a short space of time I have been lucky enough to build close relationships with some talented cricketers and more importantly great people, and I wish all of them the very best in their futures.

“To Paul Nixon and his coaching staff, I can only say thank you for all your support in my time at the club. I will certainly leave an even better coach for my experiences here. Leicestershire is a fantastic club with an exciting future, and I look forward to watching its progress in the coming seasons.

“Finally, a huge thank you to the Leicestershire Members and supporters who welcomed me to the club so warmly. There is so much to get excited about at Grace Road and I look forward to now joining you all as a Foxes fan.”

Under the tutelage of Mason, the Foxes saw Griffiths put in an impressive performance against Durham in 2018 producing figures of 10 for 83, while Mike took nine wickets on debut at Hove last summer. Taylor also earned his maiden first-class 10-for away at Sussex CCC on the first day of the 2019 season, producing figures of 10 for 122.

On his new challenge, Mason added: “I am of course very excited to be taking up the Bowling Coach role with Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.

“The WACA ground is where professional cricket started for me over 20 years ago, so to return in a coaching capacity is an opportunity I just could not pass up. To work in the Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash will be a fantastic challenge and one I am looking forward to.”

Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Karen Rothery said: “We are very sorry to be losing Matt from the coaching staff here at the Fischer County Ground.

“He has done a tremendous job during his two-year spell here, but we understand that the role he has been offered is one that he could not turn down. We thank Matt for his time here at the club and wish him the very best of luck in his new role.”

Everybody at the club would like to thank Matt for his service here with the Foxes and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.