The England batsman Michael Lumb has signed a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire after announcing he will leave Hampshire at the end of the season.
Lumb will not play again this season having sustained a long-term ankle injury earlier in the summer.
Lumb said, “I’ve enjoyed five great seasons with Hampshire and it has been a real pleasure to be involved in teams that have won two limited-overs trophies and finished runners-up in another.”
“I would like to thank Rod Bransgrove, Giles White, all of the fantastic players I’ve had a chance to play with for Hampshire and The Rose Bowl staff for helping make this my home for a hugely significant period in my development as a player and as a person.”
“However, I feel that now is the right time to make a fresh start at a new club and, for that reason, I’m pleased to be offered the opportunity to play for Nottinghamshire. It’s a challenge and one I’m looking forward to.”
Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket, Mick Newell said, “We’re delighted that Michael has agreed to join us and the meetings that we’ve had with him have been very constructive in terms of our respective ambitions and the role he sees himself playing in fulfilling them.”
“We have been in the market for a proven batsman and we believe that he has the pedigree and the drive to improve our standing in all formats.”
In 2011, Lumb has played a significant part in the Royals reaching Friends Life t20 Finals Day, having played nine competition matches and posted several impressive scores, most notably a 53 against Somerset in the opening match of the campaign, and a swift 35 off 11 balls against Kent in a five-overs-per-side match at Tunbridge Wells.
Hampshire manager, Giles White said, “I’d like to wish Michael all the very best for the future. He’s been a big part of our one-day success over the last few years and has been great to work with.”
Hampshire Chairman, Rod Bransgrove said, “Michael has been a good servant of the club and has made many important contributions to several successful campaigns. We’ve all been only too pleased to see him progress to the point where he has been involved for his country and, clearly, we’re disappointed to lose a player of his obvious talent.
“However, we wish him all the very best for the future.”