MCC Head coach Mark Alleyne has announced that Mansfield Hosiery Mills’ Kieron Garside has been re-selected in the MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) squad for the 2011 season.
With alumni from the YCs’ programme including the likes of Ian Botham, Mark Waugh and Ross Taylor, and one in three graduates signing professional contracts with First Class counties, Garside will be hoping to make the most of the opportunity.
The opening bowler, who plays club cricket for Mills in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, last week linked up with the rest of the 16-strong YCs squad at Lord’s to undertake a joint pre-season training camp with a combined MCC Universities side in Abu Dhabi.
The ‘Home of Cricket’ will then be Garside’s base for the rest of the season, where he will play for the YCs in the South Division of the ECB’s Second XI Championship and Trophy competitions.
Garside and his YCs team mates will be aiming to emulate their strong performance in the Second XI Championship last summer, when they finished a credible fifth, with notable wins over Durham II, Worcestershire II and Derbyshire II.
The 2011 YCs squad includes six further players who, like Garside, have been retained after impressing Alleyne while on the scheme in 2010, alongside nine new signings.
Speaking about his 2011 MCC Young Cricketers squad and Garside’s inclusion, Mark Alleyne, the former Gloucestershire and England all-rounder, said: “Kieron is one of the more experienced guys in the squad this year, and will play a very important role spearheading the bowling attack. He is a genuine new ball bowler, who has good pace, and should be looking to kick on from some strong performances with the YCs last year.
“I am really looking forward to working with this new group of talented young players, and helping them in their journey to become professional cricketers.”