Jake Lintott ticked off his third continent in a week when he landed in the States to join Dallas All Stars for the US Open 2022 T20 tournament this week.

The Bears’ talisman spinner continues to be in high demand in white-ball cricket around the world.

Last week he was in Asia for a stint with Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi 10. After a brief pit-stop in Birmingham, he then travelled straight out to Fort Lauderdale to play for the All Stars.

Jake joins Bears batter Chris Benjamin in Florida who signed up to play for the Stallions CC at the last minute. The duo met in their teams opening fixture with Jake taking two wickets for 18 in a comfortable victory for the All Stars.

The tournament in the US is designed to grow interest in the format over there and Bears ace Lintott is one of a number of English county cricketers involved.

“There are a few English guys out here,” he said. “I flew out with Josh Cobb last weekend and Liam Plunkett is our coach at the All Stars. The US Open is intended to stimulate interest in T20 cricket over here and it’s really exciting to be part of.

“It has been a tiring week for me with a lot of travelling but I’m just so lucky to have all these brilliant opportunities. We are based in Miami which is a fantastic city and the weather here is superb.

“It’s great for my development as a cricketer to go up against so many different players in different conditions. I have been very fortunate with the way things gave gone in recent years but I know I need to keep improving in all aspects of my game. I just want to be the best I can be to help the Bears to a great season in 2023.”

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