Tuesday 5 April 2011 

Riki Wessels Makes Nottinghamshire Switch

Riki Wessels Makes Nottinghamshire Switch
Riki Wessels Makes Nottinghamshire Switch
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Wicket-keeper/batsman Riki Wessels has signed two-year contract at Nottinghamshire having left Northamptonshire at the end of the 2010 season.

He was unable to continue to play for Northamptonshire after his immigration status was rejected although by playing domestic cricket in Zimbabwe, he has now secured a visa which enables him to play county cricket once again.

"Riki was very young when he broke into the Northamptonshire side and showed great promise which I think he’s ready to deliver on," Nottinghamshire head coach Mick Newell said.

"He’ll provide backup for Chris [Read] as a wicket-keeper but beyond that he’s a one day batting option and he’ll be keen to break into the team on merit."

Wessels added: "Paul Franks was my teammate at Midwest Rhinos in Zimbabwe this winter and we became good friends even before it became clear that I’d be moving to Notts,” said Wessels who scored 887 first class runs for Northants in 2009.

"I want to play as much as I can and I know that I will need to push hard to force my way into the Nottinghamshire team, especially in four day cricket."

The son of dual international Kepler, Riki has to date played 79 first-class matches, scoring 3,827 runs at 32.70 and has scored 1,912 runs at 28.96 in one-day cricket.

make Nottinghamshire 4/1 second favourites to retain their County Championship title and 10/1 to win the Clydesdale Bank 40.

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