Middlesex CCC are delighted to announce the latest intake of Academy players for our 2012 and 2013 programme.
Eight new players have joined the programme, joining six players who have been retained from last year, making it one of the largest Academy groups that the club have carried for a number of years.
Those retained include Ryan Higgins, who made a big impact in age group and 2nd XI cricket at the end of the 2012 season, including an unbeaten 55 in the trophy semi final against Lancashire. Joining Higgins on the retained list are under 17s Robbie White, a wicket-keeper batter who performed consistently well for Middlesex, Harrow School and Ealing CC, and Charlie Thurston, whose 165 v Essex was the highest youth score recorded last season by a Middlesex player. This group is rounded off with under 15s Arthur Godsal, Bradley Erasmus and Max Holden, who all continued to impress playing out of their age groups in Middlesex Youth Cricket last season.
The new intake includes off spinner Freddie Fairhead who is the latest player to come off the Radley College conveyor belt, and follows Andrew Strauss, Ben Hutton, Jamie Dalrymple and Nick Gubbins of recent times into the Middlesex system. Fairhead is joined by fellow spinners Robin Collins from High Wycombe CC, and Marwan Mohammad, who started his club career at Ickenham CC and has been involved with the Middlesex youth squads since he was ten.
Seamers Jamie Odell from Berkshire, Seb Feszczur-Hatchett from Finchley CC and James Ilott from Potters Bar CC are all hoping to follow in the footsteps of recent Academy fast bowler Tom Helm in gaining a professional contract with the club. The new intake is completed with seam bowling all rounders George Scott from Potters Bar, who has already played Minor Counties cricket for Hertfordshire 1st XI, and Martin Andersson who represented the South/West Region at last year's Bunbury Under 15 Festival, due to his Berkshire upbringing.
Middlesex's Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser commented "I am delighted and encouraged by the fact there are so many talented young cricketers in our system and that they are spread over various age groups. It is Middlesex's desire to look within our system rather than outside for cricketers in the future and our Academy will play a crucial role in helping the club achieve this goal.
"In the past couple of seasons Middlesex has signed several former Academy cricketers as professionals and I hope several of those named above follow in the footsteps of Nick Gubbins, Tom Helm, Ravi Patel, Adam Rossington and Gurjit Sandhu."
Middlesex CCC Academy Players
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