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Lancashire secure Moore signing

Stephen Moore
South Africa-born Moore joined Worcestershire in 2003

England Lions batsman Stephen Moore has joined Lancashire after ending his six-year spell with Worcestershire.

Moore, 28, had a clause in his contract at New Road which allowed him to leave following Worcestershire's relegation to County Championship Division Two.

He has signed a two-year deal with Lancashire and said: "To join a club of this stature is a fantastic opportunity for me at this stage in my career.

"I am confident I'll have the platform to grow and develop as a player."

Lancashire's cricket director Mike Watkinson said: "Stephen is a highly regarded batsman with a proven track record in county cricket, who will add quality to our top order in all forms of cricket.

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"Not only will Stephen's arrival strengthen our batting unit but he will compliment those younger members of the squad who we see taking on more responsibility in the future."

Moore's destination was not known when he formally ended his stay at New Road on Wednesday but Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: "We wish Stephen well and thank him for his contribution to the club.

"We are delighted the county has helped him to the fringe of full international honours and hope that he achieves his ultimate ambition in the years ahead."

Moore joins Gareth Batty, Steven Davies and Simon Jones in exiting New Road.

When he is back here next season all he will want to do - and let's face it, he will have to do - is to play cricket

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Off-spinner Batty and wicketkeeper Davies have both moved to Surrey, while paceman Jones has joined Hampshire after Worcestershire declined to renew his contract.

Kabir Ali is also looking to leave Worcestershire and was granted permission to speak to other counties.

But, with the county demanding £60,000 compensation for the England fast bowler, his proposed move to Hampshire has stalled for now.

Newton said there has been no further interest in Kabir and as far as the club is concerned, the England bowler will be their player next season.

"When he is back here next season all he will want to do - and let's face it, he will have to do - is to play cricket," he said.

"It is going to take a lot of work and it will be a big challenge for Steve Rhodes and Vikram Solanki.

"We believe he is the sort of character that once we can get over that hurdle, get him through a winter's training and back to taking wickets, then we can get through that.

"Whether he stays after the end of next season, who knows?"



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