|Full Name||Oliver Newby|
|DoB||26th August 1984|
|Bats/Bowls||Right hand/Right arm fast-medium|
|Lancashire||Scholarship 2003. Debut 2003. Other clubs: Notts (loan) 2005, Gloucs (loan) 2008|
Oliver Newby is a tall and wiry fast bowler, who has dramatically improved his batting during the last couple of years. So much so, that he scored three second XI Championship fifties in 2011, including a best of 92.
He also scored a crucial and brutal 35 not out off just 16 balls, including four fours and two sixes, to help the Lightning chase down 291 against Gloucestershire in a 40-over clash against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham in late July.
And, against the same opponents in the same competition just over a year later at Bristol, he did it again as Lancashire sealed their place in the semi-finals with an exhilarating 18-run win. With the Lightning struggling to post a competitive total, Newby hit 36 not out off 41 balls to help post 182-9. He then returned 1-21 from four overs with the ball as victory was secured.
Despite 2012 being a stop-start season for Newby, he turned in another impressive display just a few days later as the Lightning hammered Essex Eagles at Chelmsford. In helping to bowl the Eagles out for only 186, he claimed career best one-day figures of 5-36 from 6.1 overs.
He played seven 40-over matches, one Championship match and three Twenty20s in 2012, with a 20-over clash against Yorkshire at Headingley on June 29 being his first for five years to the day.
Newby, now aged 29, then further proved his worth during a trio of Championship matches at the end of 2013.
Brought into the side following an injury to Glen Chapple, he took 12 wickets in matches against Leicestershire, Gloucester and Kent. He claimed a first-innings 4-71 against Gloucester at Bristol before ending the season with a flourish - three wickets in each innings at Kent.
It has certainly set him up for nicely for a shot at a more prolonged run in the side during 2014.
Having made his Lancashire debut in 2003 whilst still on a scholarship deal, the former Read man found it difficult to break into the side on a regular basis, although he played 12 out of the 16 Championship matches in 2009.
Newby claimed 18 wickets at 30.16 in 2008, notching 12 of them in the last two games against Kent at Liverpool and Somerset at Taunton, picking up twin four-wicket hauls as both clashes were won.
He was one of the first two players in county cricket - Alamgir Sheriyar the other - to take advantage of the newly introduced loan system in 2005, going out to Notts.
With a few injuries and international call-ups hitting the Lancashire camp in 2006, Newby got his chance to play some four-day cricket, and he began 2007 with 6-137 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Like 2008, he took 18 wickets during that summer too, but bettered it by taking 25 in 2009.
He returned 4-41 in a rain affected 50-over Trophy match against Glamorgan at Cardiff in that same summer.
Newby suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee whilst training early in the 2010 summer, which laid him low for close to six months.
Newby's involvement in Lancashire's Championship success 2011 was limited to three appearances, in the first two matches of the summer against Sussex and Somerset at Liverpool and later on against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl after recovering from a torn hamstring. He took eight wickets in total.
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