Leicestershire confirm Eckersley exit
Leicestershire have confirmed longest-serving player Ned Eckersley will be leaving at the end of the campaign.
Wicketkeeper Eckersley, who has also played for Marylebone Cricket Club, Unicorns and the Mountaineers, joined the Foxes back in 2011 and made his first-class debut against Surrey in November that year.
The 29-year-old has scored 5,646 runs at a 32.26 average during his time at Grace Road but his time at the club will be coming to an end after he was not offered a new contract.
He is one of four players who will be released at the end of the season, with batsman Mark Pettini, all-rounder Tom Wells and spinner Rob Sayer failing to earn new terms.
Speaking about the quartet leaving, head coach Paul Nixon said: "On behalf of the whole club, I would like to thank Ned, Tom, Rob and Mark for their efforts over the years, and wish them all the very best for the future."
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