Nottinghamshire snap up Hampshire batter

Michael Lumb. Picture: Robin Jones
Michael Lumb. Picture: Robin Jones
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Michael Lumb has signed for Nottinghamshire.

The 31-year-old, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, has confirmed he has played his last match for Hampshire.

However, the powerful left-hander is looking forward to meeting a fresh challenge at Trent Bridge.

‘I’ve enjoyed five great seasons with Hampshire and it has been a real pleasure to be involved in teams that have won two limited-overs trophies and finished runners-up in another,’ he said.

‘I would like to thank Rod Bransgrove, Giles White, all of the fantastic players I’ve had a chance to play with for Hampshire and the Rose Bowl staff for helping make this my home for a hugely-significant period in my development as a player and as a person.

‘However, I feel that now is the right time to make a fresh start at a new club.

‘And, for that reason, I’m pleased to be offered the opportunity to play for Nottinghamshire.

‘It’s a challenge and one I’m looking forward to.’

Lumb’s brutal hitting at the top of the order paved the way for Hampshire’s triumph in the 50-over Friends Provident Trophy in 2009.

And he helped the Royals on the way to their t20 success at finals day last summer - shortly after starring for England in their World Twenty20 victory.

Hampshire manager Giles White said; ‘I’d like to wish Michael all the very best for the future.

‘He’s been a big part of our one-day success over the last few years and has been great to work with.’

Lumb’s success in the shortest form of the game has seen him win contracts with Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers in the IPL, while also starring for Queensland Bulls in the Big Bash this winter.

And his rise to the international stage has filled Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove with a great deal of pride, despite now facing up to a future without his talents.

He said; ‘Michael has been a good servant of the club and has made many important contributions to several successful campaigns.

‘We’ve all been only too pleased to see him progress to the point where he has been involved for his country and, clearly, we’re disappointed to lose a player of his obvious talent.

‘However, we wish him all the very best for the future.’