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McKay heads Warks pro deals

Warwickshire have given Pete McKay, Tom Lewis and Jon Webb their first professional contracts, each being awarded two-year deals after graduating through the club’s academy and development programmes.

McKay, 18, has been prominent for the Bears this season by keeping wicket in the majority of limited-overs matches and made his LV= County Championship debut recently against Nottinghamshire. He joined Warwickshire at under-10 level and has been playing club cricket for Walmley for several seasons.

Left-hand batsman Lewis, 22, is a former MCC Young Cricketer and was part of Warwickshire’s side that won the U13 ECB National Championship in 2004, a year when he also won the National Club Championship with Leamington Spa alongside fellow Bear Paul Best.

Webb, 21, is a right-handed batsman who joined Warwickshire at academy level after previously representing Worcestershire while attending Bromsgrove School. He is now a prominent member of Dorridge Cricket Club and will link up with the senior squad next season once he completes his university studies in Leeds.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown said: “Investing in our development programme and giving exciting young cricketers an opportunity to progress to the professional ranks is a key part of our recruitment. Ian Bell and Chris Woakes are both great examples of what can be achieved through this policy.

“Having been part of the Warwickshire Academy, Pete, Tom and Jon live and breathe everything about this club and each of them receiving a two-year deal is a worthy reward for their hard work, character and determination to become the best players possible.”

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