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Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 11:40 GMT
Paceman exploits EU rule
Worcestershire have increased their seam bowling options for the new county season by signing 6ft 5ins Australian paceman Matt Mason.

The 27-year-old is available as a non-overseas player because he has an Irish passport.

Mason plays for the Midland Cricket Club in Perth, but has appeared for Western Australia in both four-day and one-day cricket.

Worcestershire director of cricket Tom Moody
Moody has been busy revamping the squad

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Tom Moody told the club's official website: "Matt is another victim of the great strength of Australian cricket over the last decade.

"Through his EU qualification, he now has the opportunity to fulfil his dream of playing first-class cricket on a regular basis. I expect him to perform well on the New Road wicket and give further strength to our squad."

Mason knows some of the Worcestershire squad already, having played alongside Vikram Solanki, Alamgir Sheriyar and Phil Weston in a game at Arundel in 1998.

"This is a great challenge and one I intend to make the most of," he said.

Mason is Worcestershire's fourth winter signing following the recrutiment of batsmen Ben Smith and Stephen Peters and all-rounder Gareth Batty.

See also:

29 Nov 01 |  Worcestershire
Peters bound for Worcestershire
19 Oct 01 |  Leicestershire
Smith switches counties
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