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Middlesex Cricket is today delighted to announce that both Toby Greatwood and Ishaan Kaushal have been rewarded with short-term rookie contracts by the Club, and registered to play in the forthcoming Royal London Cup campaign that starts this coming Sunday in Chelmsford against Essex.

Both Greatwood and Kaushal are the latest products to come off the Middlesex Academy production line, having proved their credentials and earned their call-ups with a string of consistent performances in the Middlesex Second Eleven this year.

Whilst Greatwood will be revelling in the opportunity to represent the Club’s First Eleven over the next few weeks, there was less to celebrate for Kaushal, who having signed terms with the Club on his short-term contract, has since picked up a pelvic injury that will devastatingly see him ruled out of the forthcoming Royal London Cup campaign.

It was bitter news and awful timing for the nineteen-year-right arm quick from Wycombe House CC, who should be celebrating his breakthrough into the First Eleven, however will instead be side-lined for four to six weeks through injury.

Kaushal commented:

“I’m obviously delighted to know that I’m in the Coaches plans, and in the plans for the First Eleven, but am also hugely disappointed to be missing out on the competition with an injury.”

Greatwood, however, also 19 and a right arm quick, from Wargrave CC, was in high spirits and very much looking forward to the challenge. He is the latest young player to come through Middlesex’s partnership with Berkshire Cricket, following in the recent footsteps of Jack Davies and Martin Andersson.

Greatwood commented:

“It’s always been a dream of mine to represent the Club at First Eleven level and to have the chance to do that in the Royal London Cup is brilliant.”

Middlesex Head Coach, Stuart Law, commented:

“It’s a privilege to offer two Academy players an opportunity to play during the fifty over competition.

“Both Toby and Ishaan have been excellent in our matches for the Second Team this season and have thoroughly deserved this promotion.

“It’s another feather in the cap of our Academy system yet again.

“I look forward to watching Toby progress during the competition, and whilst Ishaan will sadly miss out, being desperately unlucky to pick up an injury, which a terrible shame for him and us, I’ve no doubt that he’ll come back stronger and will have plenty more opportunities ahead of him.”

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