Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group chairman, Paul Pridgeon, says Jake Libby has become “one of our own” with the massive impact he has made on and off the pitch in just two years.
Libby moved to New Road from Nottinghamshire at the end of the 2019 season and has been prolific with the bat in all game formats.
But Pridgeon has also been impressed with the way Libby has settled into life at New Road and said: “it is as if he has been with us from day one of his career.”
He is also backing the 28-year-old to successfully fill the role of senior opener in red-ball cricket from next summer after the retirement of Daryl Mitchell.
Pridgeon, who is also Worcestershire Vice-Chairman, said: “I can’t think of another domestic signing who has been such a significant impact for us right from the start.
“He has been a complete revelation for us, hasn’t he? He has been fantastic. He has come in; he has been consistent and not just in red-ball cricket, but he has been very consistent across all formats.
“Jake settled in very quickly. It is as if he has been with us from day one of his career. I’m sure if you ask him, he will say he has absolutely loved it.
“He has enjoyed being with the boys, enjoyed the people he has met. He is very much, dare I say it, one of our own, even though he has only been here two years. That is exactly how he comes over.”
Libby revelled in the opening role and finished red-ball cricket as the second-highest scorer in the country in 2020 and 2021.
Pridgeon said: “With Daryl (Mitchell) retiring, Jake will become the senior opener, certainly in red-ball cricket, and he is the sort of guy who will relish and handle that.
“He has a very level temperament. When he is at the crease, he is really calm and measured.”