New Yorkshire deal for Lees

Alex Lees playing for Lightcliffe last year
Alex Lees playing for Lightcliffe last year

Halifax’s Alex Lees is one of three players to sign contract extensions with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The 20-year-old left-handed batsman will now be staying at Headingley until December 2015, along with wicket keeper batsman Dan Hodgson and attacking top order batsman Jack Leaning.

Lees, who has played for Bradshaw, Illingworth and Lightcliffe locally, is in the squad for Yorkshire’s LV= Championship match at Derbyshire starting today,

“It is very satisfying that we have managed to get all three players signed up on long-term deals,” said Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon.

“They are progressing nicely into competent cricketers with bright futures at the club for many years to come.

“Alex has established himself in the Championship squad and has scored some important runs, including his maiden Championship century at Lord’s against Middlesex.”

Yorkshire have signed nine players this summer on long-term deals. They include England internationals Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan and established first-teamers, Gary Ballance, Steve Patterson and Moin Ashraf.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire have not offered a new contract to spinner Gurman Randhawa, who is now free to speak to other counties.