September 7, 2012
Spriegel has been involved with Surrey since the age of 9, and played a big part in Surrey’s CB40 victory at Lord’s only last year. The moves stems from Spriegel’s ambition to play more four day cricket. Surrey have only selected Spriegel in one four day match this season which from the outside appears strange considering the misfortune they have had among their batting ranks.
Spriegel is a thinking cricketer who has aspirations of captaincy one day and this may also have been a factor in the move. In recent times Northants one-day cricket has been poor and Spriegel will no doubt bring experience and quality in this format.
The left hander has turned into a reliable batsman who has the ability to play the situation which was a key factor in Surrey’s success. Spriegel also does a fine job with the ball and is very capable of bowling in power-plays, which is rare for an off spinner.
With more opportunity in the longer format of the game the Whitgift schoolboy will be hoping to add to his 3 first class hundreds and possibly even talk of a Lions selection.
Speaking about the signing, Northants head coach David Ripley said “Matthew has shown a real hunger to improve himself in all formats and will give us some excellent options with both bat and ball in the short and longer form of the game.”
Matthew has been writing blogs for We Live Cricket so all readers can anticipate reading what he feels about his switch to Northampton soon. Many Surrey fans will be disappointed with this news and they may get to see Matthew Neil William Spriegel one last time tomorrow when he represents his local club Banstead. I wonder if he will wear the brown lid…
The Scoop 07/09/12