Relief for Lintott after penning Bears deal - The Rugby Observer

Relief for Lintott after penning Bears deal

Rugby Editorial 15th Feb, 2021 Updated: 15th Feb, 2021   0

A THREE-YEAR contract has been penned by Jake Lintott after impressing Warwickshire CCC bosses during the 2020 Vitality Blast campaign.

The 27-year-old, known for his left-arm unorthodox bowling, has been a free agent – bar his short-term spell at the club last year – since departing Gloucestershire in 2018, but now finally has a permanent home once again after a prolonged spell training with the Bears.

His record of ten wickets in nine Twenty20 games for Warwickshire certainly went a long way to convincing the club to snap up Lintott on a long-term deal, with Paul Farbrace – director of cricket – pointing to the unique skillset of the Taunton native as another key factor.

“His economy rate of 6.3 was the best within our playing squad and it was one of the best rates of all bowlers in the tournament,” he said.

“He also boasted the second-best bowling average in Blast from the Bears bowling ranks.

“Slow left-arm unorthodox bowlers are not easy to discover and Jake provides another dimension to our spin bowling attack, alongside slow left-arm orthodox Danny Briggs and off-spinner Alex Thomson.”

For the player himself, there is a sense of relief having had to bide his time for this moment as a county-cricket level player, with Lintott admitting: “It’s been a long-time coming but it’s an amazing feeling to secure my first full contract in the professional game.

“To join such a big county with the traditions of Warwickshire and to make Edgbaston my home ground for the foreseeable future is something that I have always aspired to.

“There have been a lot of people who have helped me along the way, but I must particularly express my thanks to everyone at Queen’s College in Taunton, who have been fantastic in allowing me to continue chasing my dream of a career in the professional game, whilst also leading its cricket programme.”

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