New’s soccer injury gives Dixey his opportunity

Former Kent wicketkeeper Paul Dixey will be given his chance to press his claims for a contract with Leicestershire over the next month.

The 23-year-old Dixey was released by Kent midway through last season and has been on trial with Leicestershire since March.

Dixey made his Leicestershire debut in the first-class match against Loughborough MCCU last week and will get more first team cricket because Tom New is sidelined with a broken toe.

New sustained the injury playing football in the warm-up – a modern day cricketer’s injury – on the third day of the County Championship match against Derbyshire at Grace Road.

New will be out of action for between four and six weeks leaving Leicestershire with no other contracted wicketkeeper now that Paul Nixon is regarded as a specialist batsman.

Dixey, a former Durham University student, played in the Clydesdale Bank 40 matches against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on May 1 and Durham at Grace Road the following day and is expected to make his County Championship debut against Surrey at The Oval on May 4.

“I’m sure Paul will relish the chance. We trust him thoroughly to do the job,” said Leicestershire’s head coach Phil Whitticase.

Meanwhile New’s injury is likely to lead to a Leicestershire rethink on the type of activities they engage in as part of their pre-match preparations.

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