LANCASHIRE County Cricket Club have today (Friday, September 11) announced the signing of wicket-keeper Phil Mustard on an emergency loan deal from Durham for the final two games of the County Championship season.

Mustard, 32, will make his debut for the Red Rose against Surrey in their penultimate Championship game which starts on Sunday at Emirates Old Trafford.

The move comes after Alex Davies, who has been first choice all season due to Jos Buttler’s England commitments, sustained a knee injury.

The Colonel, as he’s known by teammates, has found First Class opportunities limited at Durham this season but has featured in 186 First Class games for the North East side since making his debut in 2002. In that time the former England man has scored six centuries.

Lancashire Cricket Director and Head Coach Ashley Giles said: “Alex has played tremendously well for us this season and to lose him at this stage is a blow.

“But Phil has a tremendous pedigree and will slot into the squad seamlessly for two crucial games as we hope to finish the season with another trophy.”

Mustard, forms part of a 14 man squad for the title-defining clash against Surrey, and is joined in the squad by James Anderson with England keen to give their all-time leading wicket taker some game time following the injury that cut his Ashes series short.

It has also been announced today that Paul Horton, last season’s T20 captain, has joined Leicestershire on a three-year contract from next season.

It was announced in August that the right handed opener was leaving the Red Rose after 12 years at Old Trafford.

He said: “I have had a wonderful time at Lancashire. After speaking to the club in mid-season, I wanted to have a look at my options and I am now looking forward to a fresh challenge where my experience can hopefully benefit a new club. I wish the club every success in the future.”  

By: Callum Matthews


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