Ashcombe sign up one of the first-class game's big hitters

ASHCOMBE Park CC have announced an early new major signing months ahead of their 2021 season in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League.

The Cheddleton-based club have snapped up Worcestershire all-rounder Ross Whiteley for their renewed Premier Division campaign.

Whiteley has a reputation as big-hitting batsman and is also a left-arm seam bowler.

He has spent time playing in the Bangladesh and Pakistan Super Leagues and has picked up T20 silverware on home turf.

An Ashcombe Park spokesperson posted on social media: "We are delighted to announce the signing of Ross Whiteley for the 2021 season and hopefully many more after.

"The big hitting all rounder is a huge signing for us and is a clear sign of our ambitions for the 2021 campaign in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League".

The 32-year-old Sheffield-born left-hander began his cricket career playing for Derbyshire in the Second XI Championship and Trophy in 2006.

Two years later he made his List A debut in a Pro40 game against Glamorgan, followed shortly by his First-class debut against Leicestershire in the County Championship.

In 2012 Whiteley hit the winning runs that promoted Derbyshire as Division Two winners up into Division One.

He switched to Worcestershire in the 2013 and helped the county win the 2018 Twenty20 Blast, beating Sussex in the final at Edgbaston.

Whiteley smashed 11 sixes in a 35-ball 91runs to guide Worcestershire into the T20 quarter-finals.

In that season, West Indies legend Chris Gayle was the only batsman to boast a better strike rate than Whiteley.

Whiteley also boasts plenty of experience in the longer formats, with 87 first-class and 81 List A appearances to his name.

The former Repton student has represented England Lions and started his career with Derbyshire after graduating through the county’s youth system.


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