Lucas to leave Wantage Road at end of season

Northamptonshire have announced that they will release left-arm seamer David Lucas at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old former Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire player joined Northamptonshire in 2007 after a spell playing Minor Counties cricket with Cambridgeshire and successfully resurrected his county career during five years at Wantage Road.

Lucas enjoyed his most successful season in 2009 when he took 60 County Championship and took Northamptonshire to the brink of promotion. But he has struggled to hold down a regular first team place this season behind another left-armer in Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas.

Northamptonshire recently secured the services of another left-arm seamer David Willey on an extended contract and have now decided that Lucas is surplus to requirements.

“We wish David every success for the future and thank him for his dedication and professionalism during his time at the County Ground,” said Northamptonshire chief executive Mark Tagg.

“I am sure that he will continue to give 100 per cent to Northants’ cause when called upon during the remainder of this season.”

Lucas, who runs a successful window cleaning business in Nottingham during the winter months, said: “I would like to thank Northamptonshire, the players and coaches for all their help and support over the years.

“I’ve had a fantastic time, made some great friends in the dressing room and would like to wish the team all the best in the future.”

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