Wardlaw signs in as Yorkshire release Lee

Yorkshire have swapped one Cleckheaton seamer for another by handing a contract to Iain Wardlaw while releasing former England Under 19 player James Lee.

At 26, Wardlaw has been plucked from a job in the accounts department of a graphic design company after impressing Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale through his performances in the Bradford League.

Wardlaw was thrust into the Friends Life t20 match at home to Nottinghamshire after Ryan Sidebottom fell ill and took the wickets of Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and Riki Wessels in the space of four balls.

The call did not come totally out of the blue for Wardlaw as he trained with the Yorkshire squad last winter and has maintained contact during his holidays from work.

He has signed a contract until the end of next summer and said: “I know Andrew Gale from playing at the same club. He texted me one day and asked if I fancied a net. When I turned up, I was in with the firsts.”

Lee, 22, made his County Championship debut against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 2006 but has not made a first team appearance in the last two years. He is to play in the Minor Counties Championship for Suffolk.

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