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Leics sign Shreck and hand out new deals

Leicestershire have announced the signing of former Nottinghamshire and Kent seamer Charlie Shreck on a one-year contract.

The 36-year-old stands at a towering 6ft 7ins and is relishing the chance of adding to his 432 first-class wickets at Grace Road.

Former Nottinghamshire seamer Charlie Shreck is returning to the midlands at Leicestershire after two seasons with Kent

"The opportunity to play a major role in the bowling attack and lend my experience to an exciting young squad is something that appeals to me and I can’t wait to play a part in helping the club move forward,” he said.

Shreck passed up the opportunity of a benefit year at Trent Bridge - where he claimed more than 400 wickets in all competitions - to join Kent for the 2012 season having played one match on loan with the Canterbury outfit in 2011.

An LV= County Championship ever-present in his debut campaign, he snared 55 scalps at 26.44 and followed that up with 33 across the formats last term before being released.

Leicestershire have also confirmed veteran West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will return as their overseas player for the forthcoming season, while youngsters Ben Raine and Rob Sayer have also penned new deals.

All-rounder Raine broke into Leicestershire’s first team last year and has been rewarded with a one-year contract, while England Under-19 off-spinner Sayer has signed a summer contract.

Phil Whitticase, director of cricket at Leicestershire, said: “It is great to have Charlie on board, he has been a consistent performer over the years and has lots to offer us. He is just the bowler we have been looking for in terms of quality and experience.

“We are also delighted to have Ronnie (Sarwan) back - they are the two experienced players we have been looking for. It’s also good to have Ben and Rob with us; it’s all positive news for the club.”

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