Monday 31 March 2008 

Nottinghamshire Sign Youngster To Bolster Pace Attack

Nottinghamshire have added to their pace bowling stocks with the signing of 19-year-old local player Luke Fletcher on a one-year contract.

Fletcher, born in Bulwell, played for Nottinghamshire Seconds last year and travelled with the squad to South Africa on their pre-season tour.

Director of Cricket Mike Newell commented, "Luke has worked very hard over the winter and has impressed all the coaching staff over the past 12 months.

“He’s definitely someone we want to continue looking at over a longer period of time and will be expected to provide competition and pressure on the first-team bowlers.

“It’s nice to have another local lad in the squad and I know how keen he is to make a career in cricket, and play for Notts.”

Fletcher, who stands 6 foot 6 inches tall, plays his cricket for Papplewick, the same club as Nottinghamshire bowling coach Phil DeFreitas and Nottinghamshire seamer Mark Footitt.

Fletcher commented, "Phil was one of the first to say to me that if I put in the effort I might have a chance of making it as a pro. I’d never really taken cricket seriously up to last year and having worked hard to get this far, I’m not stopping now.

“Last summer I was a bit star-struck when I was around the dressing room but having spent time with the players on pre-season, I now feel settled in and a full part of the squad.

“I can’t wait for the season to start and I’m determined to push on from here for a first-team place before the end of the season.”