Duke joins Essex on loan


Wicket-keeper Harry Duke has joined Essex on a two-week loan deal from Yorkshire ahead of the Vitality County Championship matches away to Durham and Somerset.

Duke, 22, has made the temporary switch from Yorkshire, who he has represented in all formats since his debut in 2021.

A specialist keeper, he has 73 catches and four stumpings across 44 matches in red- and white-ball cricket for the Headingley side.

Duke has also struck five half-centuries and two hundreds in all formats, totalling more than 1,100 runs, and in January 2020 was included in England’s Under-19 World Cup squad.

He joins the Club with existing wicket-keepers Michael Pepper and Adam Rossington both currently receiving treatment for finger injuries.

Meanwhile, Jordan Cox is currently unable to keep wicket following his rehabilitation from a finger injury sustained during The Hundred last season.

Duke will wear the number 2 shirt during his time with Essex, and Head Coach Anthony McGrath said: “We’re really happy to have added quality to the squad with the signing of Harry.

“Obviously, the situation with injuries to our wicket-keepers is unfortunate and not what any of us would have wanted, but it’s about how you adapt and overcome challenges like this.

“By signing Harry, we’ve brought in a young, talented cricketer who possesses the ability to play at the top level, and we’re all looking forward to seeing him in an Essex shirt.”

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