New wins himself another chance with the Unicorns

Former Leicestershire wicketkeeper Tom New will attempt to find a route back into first-class cricket by playing for the Unicorns in this season’s Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

New was released by Leicestershire towards the end of last season even though he had a year remaining on his contract at Grace Road.

He has yet to find another county and has signed to play for Mansfield Hosiery Mills in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, while putting himself in the shop window for a possible county return by playing for the Unicorns in the CB40.

The Unicorns have run a series of winter trials to produce a squad of 28 players who will be on duty in the CB40 and also in the Second XI Trophy.

Seamer Gavin Baker, who was released by Northamptonshire at the end of last season, is among the newcomers in the Unicorns squad which will again be captained by former Somerset all-rounder Keith Parsons.

The Unicorns have been drawn in the same CB40 group as Northamptonshire and will play them at Northampton on May 7 and at Wormsley on July 29.

Wormsley will also host the Unicorns home CB40 matches against Derbyshire on May 6 and Warwickshire on August 19.

The Unicorns will play Sussex then at Garon Park in Southend on June 3 and 5 and Yorkshire at Scarborough on August 12.

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