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Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb claims he needs to "reignite" his desire for cricket

Yorkshire have announced that Michael Lumb is leaving to join Hampshire.

The 26-year-old left-handed batsman has turned down a new, improved contract in favour of a move to the Rose Bowl.

Though Lumb averaged 41 in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship this season - he was the only ever-present in the Yorkshire side - he has failed to fulfil his considerable potential since making his debut in 2000.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Yorkshire but felt the opportunity to take on a fresh challenge, to reignite my desire to play at the highest level, was too much to turn down,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with Yorkshire for the help and support they have shown me over the years and sincerely wish the club well for the future.”

Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan added: “We are very disappointed to lose a player of Michael’s undoubted ability and potential.

“Despite lengthy talks to persuade him his future was at Headingley Carnegie, we fully respect his decision to leave.”

Lumb’s departure comes as a setback to Yorkshire, who are in talks with Anthony McGrath in a bid to prevent him leaving.

Last week they revealed they are close to completing the capture of Sussex's Championship-winning captain, Chris Adams, who is expected to sign a four-year deal soon.

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