County decide to let White go

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE chief executive David Smith has announced the club has released long-serving batsman Rob White.

The 32-year-old batsman - who has found first-team opportunities limited in recent times - will not be offered a new contract at the club when his current deal expires in September.

Smith explained: “With Rob Newton and Alex Wakely bedding down in the middle order it blocks out Rob.

“He’s been overtaken to a large extent and we need to look to the future so sadly we decided that it would be in everyone’s interest.

“He’s been a loyal servant and we wish him all the best.”

Interim head coach David Ripley said, “It is very disappointing for all concerned to lose Rob, a local lad who came through the youth system here at Northants.”

“He has made match winning contributions in all formats of the game during his time at the club.”

“It has been a frustrating time for Rob this season with limited 1st team opportunities, so rather than hang on for a chance that may not come, we feel it’s in Rob’s best interests to start to look for other opportunities now.”

“We wish Rob all the very best in his future career and thank him for his significant contribution to Northants Cricket.”

White, whose details have been circulated to the other 17 counties, made his first-class debut in 2000 after working his way through the County age group system, and has spent his whole career at the County Ground, scoring more than 5500 runs at an average of almost 33 in 112 appearances.

In 2002, White scored 277 not out against Gloucestershire and that remains the highest maiden century score in the history of English first-class cricket.

A key member of Northants’ one-day set up over the years, White appeared for the Steelbacks in 70 t20 matches, holding the record for the most runs (1189) scored in that format for Northamptonshire.