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by Northamptonshire CCC Tuesday 8 October 2019
Known more for his powerful white-ball batting, Levi played a key role in Northamptonshire’s promotion bid at the end of the season, including a vital 60 against Durham in the penultimate fixture.
“It’s a really exciting time for everyone at the club and I’m looking forward to what’s next for us in Division 1 next season.” Levi said.
“We’ve got a great group of lads and there’s a lot of belief in the group, hopefully I can contribute to the side in all formats.”
Head Coach David Ripley was pleased to see Levi remaining at the club for another season.
“I’m delighted he’s staying on, Richard finished the season in the team and scored heavily for us in red ball cricket before and I think it’s certainly on both our radars that he gets himself into the red ball team and scores heavily for us in Div 1, he’s more than capable of doing it and he’s done it before.” Head Coach David Ripley said.
“He probably didn’t have the summer he envisaged, I think when we saw him in the white ball side we saw glimpses of what he’s very much about. He’s a match winning cricketer and we are convinced we’re going to see more of that with Rich next season.”
Northamptonshire could boast a formidable middle order in Championship cricket next season, with the signing of Pakistan international Faheem for the first half of 2020. Though despite his powerful reputation, David Ripley believes Levi’s game is not just about big hitting.
“Rich just scores at a naturally quick rate, I think about the game against Durham and he got 60 in not too many balls and he just played proper cricket shots. That’s a difference he has, that ability to get big hundreds where he just gets into a tempo of not just hitting boundaries but building a proper match winning innings.
“As a group it’s something we have to improve for next year, where are our 160s and 180s coming from that are really going to influence a Division 1 four day match and I’ll be challenging the lads to do that for us.”
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club