Any fears that the quality of his ability to obtain movement through the air and off the surface being affirmed in Division One would mean a potential suitor could lure the county’s cult hero away from Wantage Road were eased when he signed a new three-year deal midway through last summer.
His outrageous success for Northamptonshire is made more incredible by the fact he spent several years in cricketing exile after being released by his native Yorkshire in 2011. A trial in 2015 resulted in a full-time contract, with the faith shown in him by the county immediately rewarded through the taking of 55 Championship wickets in 2016. He would twice better that tally, with 60 wickets taken as his adopted county claimed promotion from Division Two in 2019.
Though he shines brightest with the red ball, he is a dependable operator in limited overs formats. His 16 wickets in the Vitality Blast during the 2022 campaign made him the Steelbacks’ leading wicket-taker, contributing to an excellent career record of 73 wickets claimed at an average of 26.21 with an economy rate below 9.