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News - 14th June 2013

Lancs Sign NZ International

Lancs Sign NZ International

New Zealand international Mitchell McClenaghan has joined Lancashire Lightning for their Friends Life t20 campaign which gets underway later this month.

The 27 year-old left arm seamer has currently been starring for the Black Caps in the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.

He joins Australian Simon Katich as Lightning's second overseas player for the tournament.

The Hastings, Auckland, born bowler made his first-class debut for Central Districts in 2007 and made his first international appearance earlier this year where he returned figures of 4 for 20 in an ODI against South Africa.

McClenaghan added: "I am delighted to be joining Lancashire for the Friends Life t20. I have enjoyed being part of the NZ tour of the UK and Champions Trophy squad so far and the opportunity to broaden my cricket experience by playing county cricket was too good to turn down.

"Lancashire are a club with a great history and tradition and I hope to be able to help the club to T20 success this season."

Cricket Director Mike Watkinson said: “Mitch is a relative newcomer to International cricket but has made rapid progress to become a very influential member of the New Zealand one day side.  His ability with the new ball and at the back end of the innings makes him ideal for us.”

Peter Moores, Head Coach, added: “To have an International quality left arm seamer joining us for the Friends Life t20 competition is very exciting and a real boost to the Squad. The fact that Mitchell is coming straight out of International cricket in England means he will hit the ground running, and his competitive nature looks a perfect fit for how we go about our cricket."


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