Arron Lilley Signs for Leicestershire CCC
Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce the signing of Lancashire CCC off-spinner and explosive batsman Arron Lilley on a two-year-contract.
The 27-year-old Lilley, who is an excellent all-round cricketer in all three formats of the game, joins seamers Chris Wright and Will Davis in becoming new signings for the Foxes ahead of the 2019 season.
Born in Greater Manchester, Lilley initially broke into the Lancashire CCC side as a bowler but is also a more than capable batsman who has been promoted up the order in white ball cricket in a similar role to Ben Raine.
He is also renowned for dynamic fielding; not only by taking catches, but also for saving runs and his brilliant relay work on the boundary edge.
Lilley has scored 436 first-class runs at an average of 32.76 and has also claimed 38 wickets at 36.44 apiece with a best return of five for 23.
A T20 Blast winner with native county Lancashire Lightning in 2015, Lilley scored 22 not out off 17 balls and returned figures of nought for 20 from three overs in the Final against Northants Steelbacks, a game in which Foxes seamer Gavin Griffiths also played.
He also played alongside Leicestershire CCC captain Paul Horton during his time at Emirates Old Trafford, and, like Griffiths, Harry Dearden and Callum Parkinson, came through the Red Rose’s Academy system.
Lilley’s impressive T20 career record has seen 499 runs scored at a strike rate of 153.53 and 40 wickets as well as 33 catches in the outfield. The all-rounder has also excelled in List A cricket, taking 15 wickets at just 22.60 including a best haul of four for 30.
Lilley said: “I am delighted to be joining up with Paul Nixon and the squad. I am keen to develop my game in all three formats and am confident that Grace Road is the best place for me to do that. I can’t wait to get started.”
Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “Arron [Lilley] will add great value to our side, he is a three-dimensional cricketer who will be valuable in all formats. Lancashire are renowned for producing high-class spinners, and he wants to compete for a place in all three competitions.
“Arron also has a very good white ball record and will add to our plans nicely. Arron is a hard-hitting batsman, fine off-spinner and tremendous fielder, and we’re delighted to have him on board for the 2019 season.”