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Academy all-rounder Ben Mike signs first professional contract

Ben Mike bowling India A
Ben Mike bowling India A
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Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that all-rounder Ben Mike has signed his first professional contract with the club.

The talented 19-year-old has graduated from the club’s thriving Academy. Mike has penned a two-year deal at the Fischer County Ground, taking him through until the end of the 2020 season.

Mike made his List A debut for the club against India A, played in the two-day tourist match against Pakistan, and has also been excellent for the Second XI in 2018.

The all-rounder has made plenty of impressive contributions for the Second XI, including scoring 71* in the Championship game at Yorkshire CCC and taking four for 37 in the recent Championship success against Northamptonshire Second XI.

Mike has played lots of games for the Second XI in all formats this season, and was the club’s leading wicket-taker in the SET20 competition.

“It is an honour to sign my first professional contract, a really proud moment in my career so far,” said Mike. “I really enjoy playing cricket for Leicestershire County Cricket Club, and I’m now pleased to be a part of the professional squad. I would like to thank all of the coaching staff and my family for their support, which has been brilliant.”

Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “Ben has really impressed us throughout the season, he was part of our squad in pre-season, and has done well in the tourist games.

“His attitude is great, he has lots of talent, and has made great strides of progress under Academy Director Andy Siddall and Second XI Coach Tom Smith. Ben has great potential and we’re delighted that he’ll be part of our professional group moving forward.”