Two cricketers freed by Lancashire

Newby - leaving Lancashire
Newby - leaving Lancashire
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Relegated Lancashire County Cricket Club have released Oliver Newby and Andrea Agathangelou

Newby has been released after 12 seasons at Old Trafford, having made his first-class debut in 2003 and going on to play 53 first-class matches and 51 one-day games.

Lancashire’s Glen Chapple, who is stepping down as Lancashire skipper, said: “Oliver has not been able to hold down a regular spot in the side and I hope there is an opportunity for him to do so elsewhere.

“He has always worked hard at his game, provided a good back-up to our seam bowling department and has possibly been unlucky with injuries at inopportune moments in the past.”

Newby spent his formative years in cricket playing for Blackpool in the Northern League.

Agathangelou spent four years at the club, the 24-year-old becoming the first Cypriot to play first-class cricket during his time at Old Trafford.

He has played 21 first-class matches for the County, averaging 24.53 in 33 innings, and five one-day games.

Chapple said: “Andrea is an extremely talented cricketer with a good attitude, and given the right opportunity he could reach his true potential.

“We wish both players well for the future.”