Worcestershire County Cricket Club has announced the signing of Rob Jones from Lancashire on a three-year contract.

Batter Jones, who recently made 111 against Essex in the LV=Insurance County Championship, will join the club after spending seven years as a professional with Lancashire.

Jones has played 46 first-class matches, amassing three centuries and eight half-centuries.

The 27-year-old has also made his mark in 28 List A games, boasting a batting average of 41.76, underscoring his consistency and ability to perform at a high level across various formats of the game.

He said: “I am thrilled to be joining Worcestershire and embarking on this exciting new chapter of my career. 

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“I’ve always admired the club’s commitment to nurturing talent, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the team and make a positive impact both on and off the field.” 

Worcestershire chief executive Ashley Giles expressed his enthusiasm about Jones joining the club.

He said: “I’ve known Rob for a number of years, and apart from being a really good and adaptable cricketer, he is also a fantastic young man who will add to our dressing room.”

Jones turned down a new contract at Lancashire - and may not play again this season because of his decision.

Lancashire director of cricket performance Mark Chilton said: “Both Glen [Chapple] and I were very keen to keep Rob at the club, offered him what we believe to be an excellent two-year deal and made it clear that we saw him as an important part of our plans moving forward.

“Ultimately, Rob has decided that he believes he will get more opportunity across all formats to progress his career at Worcestershire and while we are disappointed to lose him, we respect his decision.

“We have taken the decision that Rob won’t feature in our first team plans for the rest of this season - as we focus on players who will be at the club next season and beyond.

“Discussions are ongoing between Lancashire and Worcestershire as to what the remainder of Rob’s season entails.

“Rob has been an extremely popular member of the dressing room and has always given 100% for the Red Rose. We thank him for his services and wish him all the best with his new chapter at New Road.”