Lancashire have completed the overseas signing of right-arm seamer Will Williams, on a short-term red-ball deal.

New Zealander, Williams, will be available for the LV= Insurance County Championship and goes straight into the squad for today’s match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The 29-year-old plays First-Class cricket for Canterbury in the Plunkett Shield, back in his homeland, and boasts a fine record of 116 wickets taken at an average of 22.90.

During the recent 2021/22 Plunkett Shield season, Williams was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the competition, picking up 25 dismissals at just 21.52.

The short-term addition of Williams will boost the Club’s seam bowling options at a time when James Anderson and Luke Wood are both away on international duty and Saqib Mahmood and Jack Blatherwick have been ruled out through injury.

Director of Cricket Mark Chilton said:

With the loss of four seamers due to a combination of international selection and injury, the Club has moved quickly to utilise our remaining overseas slot and strengthen the squad for this month’s two County Championship fixtures.

Will has an excellent First-Class bowling record, performing at a consistent level in the Plunkett Shield since signing his first professional contract with Canterbury in 2017, and his name has been on the Club’s radar for some time now.

His accuracy and control with the red ball will be a real asset for us, and we are looking forward to Will showcasing his skills in the County Championship, starting today at Edgbaston.