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Cricket: Northants sign Richard Levi

Richard Levi (on the left) Credit: Press Association

Northamptonshire have completed the signing of South African Richard Levi for this summer's Friends Life t20. The 25-year-old has played 13 Twenty20 internationals for his country and scored an unbeaten 117 against New Zealand last year, racing to his century in a record 45 balls.

Levi played for Somerset in Twenty20 action last year and will join Cameron White as the Steelbacks' second overseas player.

Head coach David Ripley said: "We are delighted to welcome Richard to the County Ground as he will add much-needed firepower to the top of our order in this format.

"His willingness to jump on a plane and get over here at very short notice is testament to his desire to play not just for us, but to try and force himself back into international contention - something we hope this stint at Northants will help him achieve.

"We are looking forward to Richard joining Cameron White here at the County Ground as we go all out for a place in the latter stages of the Friends Life t20."

Northamptonshire open their Friends Life t20 campaign against Gloucestershire on Friday night.

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