New contract at Trent Bridge for Fletcher

LUKE FLETCHER -- key bowler

LUKE FLETCHER -- key bowler

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A county cricketer who learned his trade in the Dispatch district has signed a new contract with Notts CCC.

Bowler Luke Fletcher (25) hails from Bulwell and grew up as a prized asset of the youth policy at Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club.

He is currently on the books of Hucknall club, Rolls-Royce Leisure, in the Notts Premier League.

But his appearances for Rolls have been limited by the fine progress he has made at Notts this season. And now he has been rewarded with a fresh deal that ties him to Trent Bridge until the end of 2017.

“I’m very pleased that the club has shown sufficient faith in me to offer a three-year contract, and my aim is to pay that back with my performances,” said Fletcher (pictured).

“As the years have progressed, I have been able to bring more consistency to my game by refining my skills. I am now happy with the cricket I am playing.

“We have established a bowling unit at Notts that can continue to improve over time, and I am happy to be part of it.”

Burly giant Fletcher has taken 186 first-class wickets since his Notts debut in 2008, and has developed a reputation in one-day cricket as an expert ‘death’ bowler at the end of innings.

The club’s director of cricket Mick Newell said: “Luke is an important member of our side in all three formats of the game.

“He has really progressed in recent times and become a bit of a crowd favourite. He is making good contributions in matches.”