Lancashire’s new signing for the 2013 cricket season, Wayne White, is hoping to add some firepower to the Red Rose county’s chances of promotion back to Division 1.
A keen sportsman, White played semi-professional football as a goalkeeper for Long Eaton before swapping the goalkeeper gloves, for the batting gloves. He played in the Unibond Premier League 3 years ago for Mickleover Sports FC, which he called “a decent standard”. He also said that he would love to continue playing in the winter, but with the cricket and football seasons being so long, it isn’t really feasible.
White has tended to spend his winters in Australia for the past couple of years. The 2012/13 winter just passed, White headed off to McKinnon Cricket Club to play some cricket, and to see some friends made when there previously. He said that “it was good to get some overs and runs under my belt”.
White’s first class cricket statistics are not fantastic, but being an all-rounder his contribution is more to the team rather than towards himself. He averages 26 with the bat, and 35 with the ball, but last season he was one of Leicestershire’s most valuable players and will be missed by them this season. He will be hoping that his form for Lancashire can be much better than figures suggest.
On his move to Lancashire from Leicestershire, he said that “it wasn’t an easy choice” and that Leicestershire were good to him but a cricketer’s career is short and when Lancashire came calling, he was ready to go. He claimed that Peter Moores was also a big reason for the move as he called him one of the best coaches around at the minute.
White was an integral part of Leicestershire’s triumph in the Friends Life T20 competition in 2011. He played in all of the club’s fixtures on their way to beating Somerset in the final, and he actually had the highest average of all of the Foxes players I the tournament. He also bowled the ball in the final that dismissed Kieron Pollard, the Somerset danger man, to which Paul Nixon produced one of the best catches of the competition.
When asked about his old club, he said that Leicestershire were in a “transitional stage” and that it “felt like it wasn’t going towards something”. These were factors in his move to the North-West and his quest to compete for all 3 trophies, the County Championship, the Yorkshire Bank Pro 40 and the Friends Life Twenty20 Cup.
Lancashire have a strong squad, with 3 or 4 players who could easily fit the bill as the all-rounder, but Peter Moores has trusted White with the pressure of the all-rounder role. Lancashire aren’t known for signing players from other counties, but they have broken the mould with the signing of White this year.
Despite only being a part of his new county for a couple of months, White is fitting in well with his new teammates. He said that he already knew some of the lads from playing against them in previous seasons so it wasn’t like he was a total stranger. Due to his winter in Australia, Wayne first met up with the rest of the team on the pre-season trip to Dubai.
When he’s not on the field ripping poles out of the ground or smashing the ball to the boundary ropes, White likes to relax like any other guy would. He is a fan of PlayStation, Football Manager and golf and finds these things a great way to switch off after a game of cricket.
White also is very active on Twitter, and well worth a follow: @wayneAwhite. His somewhat insightful, and always hilarious commentary on the popular TV programme ‘Made in Chelsea‘ normally makes my Monday evenings a lot more enjoyable. However, with a higher profile club he said “I’ve got to be careful what I say now” on the social media website.
In summary, the move to the North-West can only mean good things for a fine all-rounder, and a genuinely nice bloke.