Harrison And Middlebrook Sign For Northamptonshire

Harrison And Middlebrook Sign For Northamptonshire
Harrison And Middlebrook Sign For Northamptonshire
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Former Essex off-spinner James Middlebrook and ex-Leicestershire batsman Paul Harrison have signed one-year contracts with Northamptonshire.

The pair, who were both out of contract, have been snapped up by the Steelbacks as they continue to build for the 2010 season. Middlebrook was released by Essex earlier this year while Harrison, who was part of Leicestershire's 2006 Twenty20 Cup-winning side, did play for Northamptonshire in 2009.

"I'm sure both players will be valuable additions to our squad and they will provide us with what we need," head coach David Capel told the club's official website (www.northantscricket.com).

"James offers useful variety to our bowling department as an off-spinner, and will compliment Nicky Boje's slow left arm style. He is also a very useful batsman and competitive fielder.

"Paul adds strength in depth in the batting and wicketkeeping departments, which will be necessary through Niall O'Brien having increased international duties to fulfil and David Murphy being away at University early on.

"Paul impressed us last season while playing for the 2nd XI and he could become a very important member of our squad."

" I can't wait to get stuck in, prove myself as a valuable team member and play a key role in the success of the club," Middlebrook added.

"I'm in my prime as a spinning all rounder, and have a wealth of skill and experience which I want to put to good use."

Harrison said: "I'm thrilled to be given this chance to play professional cricket again. I am determined to make the most of this opportunity and push to play more regularly in the first team. I can't wait to prove my worth to Northants."

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