Stamford cricketer Zak Chappell signs Leicestershire CCC contract

Burghley Park sixes competition first round. Stamford Town CC v Ketton Lions. Photo: John Evely EMN-140907-225228001

Burghley Park sixes competition first round. Stamford Town CC v Ketton Lions. Photo: John Evely EMN-140907-225228001

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Stamford cricketer Zak Chappell has been knocking the areas best bowlers for six for years and taking wickets for fun - now the young cricketer has been signed to play professional county cricket.

Recent Stamford School leaver, Zak Chappell, has signed a senior contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

Leicestershire County are one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh national cricket structure. Leicestershire are in the second divisions of the County Championship. They are currently bottom of the standings.

Chappell, who also plays for Stamford Town, has been working with Leicestershire age group squads over the years, but has found himself on the fringes due to injury.

His final year at Stamford School coincided with his return to bowling fitness and increasing form with the bat. In his final year at the school the young all-rounder scored 667 runs at an average of 44.47 and took 18 wickets at an average of 15.2.

Cricket Professional at Stamford School Dean Headley said: “Zak is an extremely talented all-rounder who should relish the opportunity this will bring. He has progressed through the school but really flourished in his last two seasons. I am sure if he works hard, Zak will progress quickly in the professional ranks.”

Master in Charge of Cricket at Stamford School David Jackson said: “Zak has displayed ability throughout his school career, but his performances on the field were initially blighted by injury.

“I am sure that with continued hard work, Zak will use the opportunity he has earned to fully showcase his talent with bat and ball at the highest level. I would like to wish him the best of luck.”

Chappell is the third highest scorer for Stamford Town despite playing significantly fewer matches than those around him in the standings. He has scored 728 runs in 25 games at an average of 33.09 for the season. His top score was 109 and he got runs every innings he took to the crease.

With the ball he took 25 wickets for an average of 4.04 runs an over, taking a wicket every 16.39 overs.

Chappell’s success with both the bat and ball has helped Stamford claim the Hunts League Division Two title.

He was named man of the tournament at the annual Burghley Park Sixes competition after leading Stamford to victory.

In many ways 2013 was an even more impressive summer for Chappell playing for Stamford Town, he scored 1754 runs in 42 appearances to average an impressive 56.58. His best score that year was 118 not out.