Anthony Ireland signs for AUCC - 31/07/14

Anthony Ireland AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY have secured the services of Leicestershire and former Zimbabwe quick Anthony Ireland.

AUCC, who play in Auckland's top flight grade competition anticipate Ireland to arrive mid-October after the completion of his domestic commitments for Leicestershire.

A tall fast bowler, the 29-year-old performed consistently during his tenure with Zimbabwe, taking 38 wickets in just 26 matches at a healthy average of 29.34.

He was one of many talented white Zimbabweans to leave the team due to the situation of the ZCU and the country, to pursue careers in English domestic cricket, where he has represented Gloucestershire and Middlesex before joining Leicestershire for the 2013 season.

Ireland has taken 139 first-class wickets in his career at an average of 32.42. He has an impressive first-class best of 7-36 and has also claimed 95 wickets at 32.05 and 74 wickets at 21.83 in List-A and T20 matches respectively.

Ireland made a massive impact in the Friends Life T20 competition in 2013 topping the Leicestershire wicket-charts with 15 victims at 15.73 with an economy just over seven. He picked up two four-wicket hauls that led to fine victories against Durham and Derbyshire.

The seamer is a popular figure at Grace Road and his experience will be invaluable for University's seam attack for the upcoming season.


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