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Steelbacks snap up Spriegel

All-rounder pens two-year deal at Northamptonshire

Matthew Spriegel: Swapped Surrey for Northamptonshire

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Northamptonshire have completed the signing of Surrey all-rounder Matthew Spriegel on a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old joins the Steelbacks having impressed in limited-overs cricket in recent seasons.

A left-handed batsman who also bowls off-spin, Spriegel played a pivotal role in Surrey's Clydesdale Bank40 title triumph last season - hitting the winning runs in the Lord's final.

Speaking on the signing, Northants head coach David Ripley said: "We are delighted that Matthew had decided to join Northants, as he is exactly the type of multi-dimensional cricketer we have been looking to attract to the club.

"Matthew has shown a real hunger to improve himself in all formats and will give us some excellent options with both bat and ball in the short and longer form of the game."

Chief executive David Smith is hoping the new acquisition will help improve the club's disappointing record in limited-overs cricket over the past few seasons.

He said: "It is no secret that our white ball cricket performances over the last 18 months have fallen below both the club and supporter's expectations and I am sure Matthew will assist us in our efforts to re-establish a competitive team in this form of the game."