Northants snap up fast bowler Evans

Northamptonshire have bolstered their squad for next season by signing paceman Luke Evans from Durham on a two-year contract.

The 23-year-old had a brief spell on loan with Northamptonshire at the start of last season and was quick to link up with the county again after he was released by Durham.

“This is a very exciting time for me as a young cricketer. Over the last few seasons at Durham, there sadly hasn’t been enough opportunity to play first XI cricket so it was something I needed to address.” Evans said.

“There is certainly no animosity between myself and Durham, quite the opposite in fact, but to have the chance to come to Northants and play – and somewhere which of course I’m already familiar with – is absolutely fantastic.

“I look forward to contributing to the team’s success and I’ve got my own ambitions that I’m desperate to fulfil. To achieve those goals as a Steelback would be a great honour.”

Evans was recalled from his loan spell by Durham because of injuries to a group of their pacemen, but he soon broke down with injury himself and missed most of the season.

Northamptonshire made it clear that they were looking to recruit one or two seamers when they released David Wigley before the end of the season and head coach David Capel is delighted to have landed the 6ft 7ins Evans.

“I am delighted to be signing Luke as he is a young, tall fast bowler with enormous potential,” Capel said. “I have noticed among his many attributes that he has a desire, determination and commitment to perform wholeheartedly for his team and I look forward to him becoming a big asset to Northants for the foreseeable future.”

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