Lowerhouse have signed Australian all rounder Jason Krejza as professional for the forthcoming season.
The 26 year-old replaces original signing Damien Wright.
Krejza is a right hand bat and right-arm off break bowler who plays for Tasmania. He hit the headlines last year when he recorded the amazing figures of 8-215 on his Test debut in India, taking 12 wickets in the match. Only Bob Massie has had better figures for the Australians on debut. Krejza averages 23 with the bat in First-class cricket and has taken 67 wickets in playing 30 matches since his debut for New South Wales in 2004.
He has experience of playing in the UK with spells at Leicestershire in the County Championship and with club side Greenock in Scotland.
Lowerhouse Cricket Chairman Stan Heaton said: We were very disappointed when Damien had to pull out of his agreement to be our professional but we feel that Jason will be an exciting replacement. He will complement our pace and seam attack and be of great assistance to the developing Patrick Martin. He is a genuine all-rounder and will be a huge influence on all the players individually and the team. He is a very extrovert character and will be hugely popular at the club."
Kejzas arrival date has still to be determined due to the lateness of the signing and the lengthy processes that have to be undertaken before overseas players are permitted to perform in the UK.