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Richard Levi joins Northants Steelbacks for the entire Friends Life t20 campaign

Richard Levi: Powerful South Africa batsman joining Northants

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Northants have revealed South Africa batsman Richard Levi as their second overseas signing for the Friends Life t20.

The 25-year-old, who will be available for the entire tournament, will add plenty of firepower to the top of the Steelbacks batting line-up.

Levi owns the record for the fastest century in Twenty20 internationals, having reached 100 off only 45 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton in February 2012 - the unbeaten 117 included a record 13 sixes.

The former Somerset star will link up with his new team-mates in time to play in their first match against Gloucestershire on Friday.

Coach David Ripley said of Levi's signing, "We are delighted to welcome Richard to the County Ground as he will add much needed firepower to the top of our order in this format.

"His willingness to jump on a plane and get over here at very short notice, is testament to his desire to play not just for us, but to try and force himself back into international contention - something we hope this stint at Northants will help him achieve.

"We are looking forward to Richard joining Cameron White here at the County Ground as we go all out for a place in the latter stages of the Friends Life t20."

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