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Andrea Agathangelou (11)

Full Name Andrea Agathangelou
Nickname Aggers
DoB 16th November 1989
Height 6' 3
Bats/Bowls Right hand/Leg spin
Shirt Number 11
Lancashire Scholarship 2010. Debut 2012.
Tests 0
Andrea Agathangelou arrived at Lancashire at the start of the 2010 summer on a scholarship deal, signing his first professional contract with the club a year later after a string of impressive performances in the second XI.

A multi-dimensional cricketer, Agathangelou will be aged 24 by the time the 2014 season begins.

He scored his maiden County Championship century during a prolonged run in the side during 2013 as the county won promotion back to Division One. It was an innings of 121 in a draw against Hampshire at Southampton early in the campaign.

He can bat, bowl off-spin and leg-spin and keep wicket, also demonstrating the ability to catch flies in the slips during his Lancashire first-class debut at Oxford University, taking four catches as the 2011 season opener finished in a draw.

In fact, assistant coach Gary Yates even described him as the best slip catcher in Lancashire's squad prior to the Championship winning campaign of 2011.

Born in Rustenburg, South Africa, he holds a Cypriot passport due to his father's heritage. Although his mother is from the Rainbow nation, he sees himself as a Cypriot. He is believed to be the first from that country to ever play county cricket.

Preferring to bat in the top three - quite happy to open - the right-hander has played provincial cricket in South Africa for the North West team. He has also been capped by South Africa under 19s.

During 2013, when he scored 497 runs from eleven matches, he batted at four, five and six.

He made his competitive debut for Lancashire in the Championship match against Somerset at Liverpool in August 2012, going on to play three times during that summer, scoring 36 in three innings.

Nicknamed Aggers, he made his limited overs bow for the Red Rose in a one-day friendly against Bangladesh A in August 2013 and made his maiden competitive List A appearance against Derbyshire in a 40-over match a couple of days later.

In his own words, he is "a stroke-player with a good technique", while he can "rotate it well off spin and can bat for a long period of time".

He has a first-class average just shy of 35, with a career best 158 and four other centuries to his name.

Agathangelou turned heads during a second XI four-day friendly against Somerset at Southport in 2010, taking 4-34 in the first innings, 6-90 in the second with his leg-spin and scoring 129 and 70 not out from number three in the order to boot.

And there is every chance that he will turn a few more heads in years to come in a Red Rose shirt, with Agathangelou currently undertaking a four-year qualification period to become English qualified.

Graham Hardcastle
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