Allenby out for Leicestershire

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Jim Allenby will not play any part for Leicestershire at the Brit Oval after failing to sign a new contract with the club

Leicestershire will be without Jim Allenby for their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Surrey - with the all-rounder seemingly having played his final game for the club.

Allenby has been dropped after failing to meet the club's deadline to sign a new three-year contract.

Leicestershire will also be without 33-year-old seamer Iain O'Brien, who has linked up with the New Zealand squad ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka, but slow left-armer Claude Henderson returns.

Surrey have added young off-spinner Simon King to their squad.

The 21-year-old made his first-class debut against London rivals Middlesex in June and claimed first innings figures of 3-43 in the drawn game.

Stewart Walters will continue to captain the Brown Caps in the absence of the injured Mark Butcher, who is recovering from an arthroscopy that took place last Saturday.

Walters made his first championship hundred in Surrey’s last match - a draw against Essex at Guildford.

Surrey currently lie fourth in Division Two and cricket manager Chris Adams is in positive mood.

He told Surrey TV: “The boys are up for it. We have had two good days of preparation and the squad is in good spirits.

“The players have had a decent rest and time away from the game which is important because the schedule is about to get hectic again.

“In the championship I have been really pleased with our form this year but I think we have to be more ruthless in key moments in the game when we have the opportunity to take the opposition down.”

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