Former England and Lancashire cricketer Simon Kerrigan signs for Northamptonshire

Former Lancashire and England spinner Simon Kerrigan is returning to first-class cricket after signing a two-year contract with Northamptonshire.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 1:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 1:58 pm
Simon Kerrigan in action for Fulwood and Broughton Picture: Tony North

The Preston-born player, who currently captains Fulwood and Broughton, will join the Division One county for 2021 and 2022.

He had a spell on loan with Northants in 2017 so the club is a familiar one to him.

Kerrigan said: "I’m delighted to have signed, I worked hard over the winter and went on pre-season tour to Singapore with the club and felt in a good place pre-Covid to push for a contract.

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"I’m really happy that the club have put their faith in me and offered me a contract for next year."

Northants skipper Adam Rossington said: "I’m really excited to have Kegs join us.

"He’s an international quality spin option and being a left-armer it’s really nice to have that variety to turn to as a captain.

"Kegs has got years of experience at the top level, and he’s a great bloke too, so I can’t wait to have him as part of the dressing room."

Simon Kerrigan during nets with England

Kerrigan, 31, started out in Fulwood and Broughton's junior teams and went on to play for Ormskirk in the Liverpool Competition.

He signed for Lancashire in 2008 and made his first-team debut in 2010, featuring in 13 first-class games that season.

In 2013 Kerrigan made his England debut in the final Test against Australia.

Kerrigan returned to play for Fulwood and Broughton in 2018, initially just batting before returning to spin bowling. He was released by Lancashire later that year.

He's been skipper this season in the amalgamated Northern League and Palace Shield 40-over competition, helping F&B to four straight victories.

Last winter he took also took up a player/coaching role with minor counties side Shropshire but the Covid-19 pandemic has prevented him turning out for them this summer.