Lewis McManus has made the decision to move to Northamptonshire for a two-year contract. This will run until the end of the 2024 season. For the unversed, the 27-year-old cricketer has been on loan at Northants since the start of the season. He plies his trade as a wicket-keeper batter and has been a regular member of the playing XI in the championship and Vitality Blast.
“I’m delighted to sign on a permanent basis for Northamptonshire,” Lewis McManus said. “I’ve loved my time here so far this season and it’s a great club. I’m thoroughly enjoying playing alongside the lads and working with the coaching staff.
“I’m really excited about the next two years with Northamptonshire and to see where we can go and to challenge for silverware.”
Notably, McManus has four half-centuries and averages 29.28 in the Championship. In the warm-up game on Sunday, he scored a ton against Bedfordshire ahead of the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
“He’s been brilliant, an absolute true professional, a top man and one hell of a cricketer,” Northamptonshire’s head coach, John Sadler, said. “The lads have got a lot of respect for him and he’s going to play a big part for us moving forward.
“He’s an open-minded character that wants to learn, and continually improve. We know how good he is, and we know that he’s just going to keep getting better”.
“Coming into a new dressing room it can be hard to be vocal. But he’s grown and grown as he’s settled in, and since it was announced he would be here for the full season then he’s just become a natural leader behind the sticks. We can’t fault him, and we’re just delighted to have him on board.”
McManus announced his arrival at the first-class cricket in 2015. However, the arrival of Ben Brown meant his chances of first-team cricket became lesser.
Hampshire’s director of cricket, Giles White said: “Lewis has been a fantastic servant to the club and an incredibly popular player; we will miss him. On behalf of everyone at the Hampshire I’d like to thank him for his contributions over the years and wish him the best with his move to Northamptonshire.”