The Bears have confirmed the signing of Gloucestershire fast bowler Liam Norwell, who will join on a three-year contract at the end of the 2018 domestic season.
Bournemouth-born Norwell made his T20 debut in 2012 and has taken 283 wickets across all formats since making his senior debut in 2011. However, it was last season that he made his mark as one of the most exciting talents in the domestic game by taking 59 wickets at an average of 17.39 in Gloucestershire’s 2017 Specsavers County Championship campaign.
The club has a lot of ambition, a great coaching set up and a squad that I believe can compete in all formats for silverware.Liam Norwell
“Liam is a fantastic addition to our bowling attack,” said Warwickshire CCC Sport Director Ashley Giles.
“The transformation of our squad has been talked about a lot and we have made good progress in the last 12 months by giving more opportunities to young cricketers from our pathway, but by also signing talented, young cricketers who can make major contributions to Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears for several years; Liam certainly fits this profile.
“He has been on the county circuit for six years and, aged 26, he has the potential to play a significant role here at Edgbaston for several years, working alongside bowling coach Graeme Welch.”
Norwell will remain with Gloucestershire until the end of the 2018 season before joining the Bears squad for pre-season training in November.
Liam Norwell said: “I’m really excited to be joining the Bears. The club has a lot of ambition, a great coaching set up and a squad that I believe can compete in all formats for silverware and be successful for a long period.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time with Gloucestershire, but right now I feel it’s time for a new challenge to try and push myself to be as successful as I can in cricket and for Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears.”