County news September 11, 2015

Horton latest capture as Leicestershire rebuild

ESPNcricinfo staff

Flashback to Paul Horton's dismissal in the 2014 NatWest Blast final © Getty Images

Leicestershire have secured the signing of Lancashire batsman Paul Horton on a three-year contract.

It is the second time this week that the club has signed a batsman with proven First Division quality and captaincy experience following the signing of Neil Dexter from Middlesex on Monday.

Along with Wayne White, who has returned to the club, the trio have all signed three-year contracts as Leicestershire look to address a likely, if not yet definite, fate of finishing bottom of Division Two for the third successive season.

Opener Horton, 32, whose spell as captain included leading Lancashire to the NatWest T20 Blast final in 2014, has amassed 9,522 first-class runs at an average of 37.63. He has registered 51 half-centuries and 21 first-class hundreds with a career best score of 209.

Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan said: "It is terrific that we have secured the signing of two experienced batsmen with leadership experience in county cricket in Paul Horton and Neil Dexter.

"Like Neil, Paul has an excellent track record in all three formats of the game and will be another great role model for our younger professionals to learn from. We are delighted to have both players on board for the next three seasons."

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