Gavin Griffiths Pens Contract Extension with Leicestershire
Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that Gavin Griffiths, a key part of the seam bowling attack, has committed his future to the club.
The 24-year-old enjoyed the best season of his career in 2018 and has signed a contract extension that keeps him at the Fischer County Ground until at least the end of the 2020 campaign.
He claimed 36 wickets at 24.50 apiece in the Specsavers County Championship, including a best match return of 10 for 83 during an outstanding performance at Durham CCC in which he took consecutive career-bests in an innings.
Griffiths was a regular part of the Leicestershire CCC bowling unit that took 20 wickets in a red ball match on eight occasions, claiming 40 of the 42 bowling points on offer in 2018.
He also became a reliable figure with the bat, posting a career-best 40 versus Kent CCC, being unbeaten on 33 at No.3 in his role as nightwatchman at Gloucestershire CCC, and scoring 38 not out during a brilliant last wicket stand with Dieter Klein at Glamorgan CCC.
Griffiths also performed well in white ball competitions, with his career-best three for 28 helping to secure a superb Vitality Blast success against eventual champions Worcestershire Rapids. His career statistics show his skills go across all competitions with 44 first-class wickets almost matched by 42 in the shorter versions.
He said: “I’ve relished being a part of the Foxes over the last two years and I’m delighted that will continue over the next two seasons. After a tough year in 2017 I enjoyed the 2018 season with bat and ball, and feel that my game came on a great deal last season working with Paul Nixon, John Sadler and Bowling Coach Matt Mason. They all gave me a belief in my own game that I was probably lacking the year before.
“As a team I think we made massive strides last season and with the exciting signings we have made so far I think 2019 could be a big year for the Foxes.”
Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “Gav [Gavin Griffiths] is an integral part of our bowling attack, and his game has progressed massively under the watchful eye of Matt Mason. He has excellent skills in all formats of the game, and his batting has also come on nicely. Gav has taken on the role of nightwatchman and applies those skills of concentration and bravery when batting in the lower order.
“With Muhammad Abbas, Chris Wright, Neil Dexter, Will Davis, Tom Taylor, Ben Mike and Dieter Klein on our roster, we have a lot of seam bowling options, and Gav is a key part of that unit.”
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