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Peploe completes Berkshire move

Chris Peploe
Peploe averaged 15.58 with the bat for Middlesex

Former Middlesex left-arm spinner Chris Peploe has signed for reigning Minor Counties champions Berkshire.

The 27-year-old, who took 56 first-class wickets for Middlesex at 50.69, replaces Carl Crowe, who has returned to Leicestershire.

Peploe told BBC Radio Berkshire he made the decision because he wanted to continue to play competitive cricket.

He said: "I left Middlesex on my own terms, but still have the urge to play at as high a level as I can."

He will join up at Berkshire with former Middlesex team-mate Richard Johnson, who Peploe admitted was a factor in his decision.

"Johnno's a good friend and has been in my ear about joining. He told be there's a great atmosphere in the dressing room and it's a good opportunity for me.

"I've come up against Berkshire many times in the past with Middlesex and knew they were a good set of boys who get on well.

"It was a dream come true for a Middlesex boy to play for the county and to play so much cricket at Lord's.

"I know the sort of grounds I'll be playing at with Berkshire from my days as a junior cricketer, so it's good to have gone the full circle."

In addition to playing for Berkshire, Peploe will be involved as a coach at Ealing Cricket Club and John Lyon School in Harrow.

His first opportunity to play for his new county is on Sunday 16 April when they take on Wiltshire in the Marlborough Cup at Thatcham.



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