Hastings and St Leonards Priory is delighted to announce the signing of Indian all-rounder Abhay Negi for their 2022 Sussex League campaign.

Record-breaking all-rounder

Negi is a genuine seam-bowling all-rounder who, in November 2019, hammered the fastest half-century in the history of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20), scoring 50* runs off just 14 balls against Mizoram.

The all-rounder has now played two seasons for Meghalaya in Indian domestic cricket. A skillful opening bowler and hard-hitting middle-order batter, Negi enjoyed a strong 2018/19 campaign, particularly in white-ball cricket with the ball.

All-round exploits

In 2018/19, he took 14 wickets at 20.92 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy – half of these in a single match when routing Arunachal Pradesh for 61. Negi took 7 of the first 9 wickets to fall en-route to figures of 7-16 (6) to include 2 bowled, 2 LBW, and 3 caught behind the stumps. In Ranji Trophy cricket, he produced the best bowling performances of 4-39 (once again, against Arunachal) and 3-34 (v Manipur).

In 2019/20, he kicked off his summer with his record-breaking T20 50, then starred in the Vijay Hazare Trophy bagging 12 wickets at 16.08. He also dominated Ranji Trophy cricket taking 33 wickets at 16.39 to include career-best match figures of 11-83 (7-42, 4-41) against Sikkim.

Starred up North

The talented Meghalaya star is quite the prospect who embarked on his maiden UK stint last summer. Playing for Northern Premier League club Fulwood and Broughton, he excelled, averaging 610 runs at 32.11 and 47 wickets at 16.94 with bat and ball respectively, to include best performances of 120* (from 95 balls), and figures of 6-26 (15).

Now set for the sunny South

Now a UKCC level 2 coach, Negi is set to return for a second stint in 2022 having recently signed with Hastings & St Leonards Priory for their Sussex League campaign.