Northamptonshire sign Nicky Boje

Published: Saturday, August 18, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Northamptonshire have signed spinner former South Africa left-arm spinner Nicky Boje as a replacement overseas player for compatriot Johan van der Wath.

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The search for a seamer to cover Van der Wath, who has been selected by his country for the World Twenty20 next month, proved fruitless for Northants so the county have moved for 34-year-old Boje instead.

With all-rounder Steven Crook and loan signing Iain Sutcliffe currently suffering from injuries and the departure of Australian Chris Rogers imminent, Boje will also provide batting cover.

Head coach David Capel said: "The search to replace Johan van der Wath with an overseas fast bowler has proved a difficult one as many of the worlds finest cricketers are either competing in the World Twenty20 or have previously been registered by other first class counties."

"With the restricted availability of Monty Panesar and likelihood of playing on used pitches more favourable to spin bowling we have decided to recruit the services of the former South Africa spin-bowling all-rounder Nicky Boje."

"He brings a wealth of cricketing experience into our team as well as having a proven track record with bat and ball in both first-class and one-day cricket."

"He will also be able to greatly assist our younger cricketers and in particular Graeme White as a slow left-arm bowler."

"We are keen to continue to give opportunities to our seam bowlers currently under contract at Northants which they are looking to maximise."


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