Levi Returns as Bird Shortens Stay

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Northants Cricket is delighted to announce that South African opening batsman Richard Levi has agreed to join the County, to play white ball cricket during the 2014 season.

Levi will play all fourteen NatWest T20 Blast games and eight Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures this season.

During the successful Friends Life t20 campaign in 2013, Levi scored 360 runs at an average of 32.7 including a match winning 110 not out against Gloucestershire, which was the highest score in the tournament.

Northants Cricket can also announce that Jackson Bird the Australian Test Bowler has signed a revised contract that sees him playing in the first six LV= County Championship matches only and no white ball cricket.

Bird’s revised contract has been agreed with Cricket Australia and allows Jackson to play cricket, manage his work load and have pre-season in Australia in July and August. Jackson’s first game for Northants will be against Durham here at the County Ground on the 13th April and his last game will see him face Yorkshire on 31st May.

Northants Cricket Chief Executive David Smith said, “Richard made a big impression last summer in T20 cricket, with match winning innings at Cheltenham, Worcester and in the semi-final match against Essex. He gives us the necessary fire power in the first six overs that are so vital to posting a competitive score in T20 cricket.”

“Jackson’s original contract was for ten LV= County Championship and seven NatWest T20 Blast matches. The reduced schedule will see the club try and secure a second overseas bowler, for a further six LVCC games.Our aim is to find someone that will be able to play in both the NatWest T20 Blast and LV= County Championship. David Ripley is currently drawing up a shortlist of potential overseas players.”

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