Three Players to Leave Northamptonshire CCC
Brett Hutton, Blessing Muzarabani and Tom Sole will leave Northamptonshire following the end of the 2020 season.
Having joined the Club on a three-year contract in 2018, Brett Hutton went on to claim 98 wickets and score more than 500 runs for Northamptonshire in all formats. The all-rounder chose not to accept a contract extension that was offered earlier in the season.
Blessing Muzarabani’s time at The County Ground has come to a premature end after changes to regulations meant the Zimbabwean was no longer eligible to play for Northamptonshire for the final year of his contract. The quick has now returned to Zimbabwe where he is set to link up with the national side again.
“Blessing has been a victim of the rule changes on Kolpak players.” Head Coach David Ripley said.
“It didn’t quite work out as we planned but he is young and will get other opportunities, I feel he will be a better cricketer for his 2 years with us.”
Edinburgh born Sole originally joined the Northamptonshire Academy in 2016 before signing a professional contract in 2018. The all-rounder went on to represent the Steelbacks in List A and T20 cricket while also making his international debut for Scotland in that time.
“It’s been a tough 12 months for Tom and we are fully committed to working with Cricket Scotland to get him cleared to bowl again.” Ripley said.
“I still feel he is good enough to make it in the County game but we have several spin bowling all-rounders vying for the same spot.”
Batsman Rob Newton also leaves the Club after his contract was not renewed earlier in the year.
Everyone at Northamptonshire would like to thank Brett, Blessing, Rob and Tom for their efforts and commitment to the Club and wish them all the best for the future.