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Ones to watch in 2013: how they fared

By Chris Devine

At the beginning of April, ecb.co.uk picked out 19 promising youngsters to keep an eye on.
 
It is still far too early to assess just how far each player will go in their respective careers but, with the 2013 season now at an end, we thought we would see how they are getting on.
 
Peter Burgoyne
Burgoyne made 14 appearances for Derbyshire across all formats this summer.
The teenage all-rounder achieved modest returns with bat and ball, but still has two years remaining on his contract and will hope to make more of an impact in 2014 as Derbyshire seek an immediate return to the top flight.
 
Keaton Jennings
Jennings is one of several youngsters handed greater responsibility by Durham this summer, a move that paid off handsomely as the north-east county surged to the LV= County Championship title.
A tally of three first-class hundreds, including a dogged 127 spanning more than seven hours against Sussex, can only be described as encouraging.
The left-handed opener now faces the challenge of scoring heavily on a more consistent basis.
 
Reece Topley
Topley's tally of 86 domestic wickets in 2013 was bettered by only two bowlers - Glamorgan's Michael Hogan and Chris Rushworth of Durham.
It was no surprise, therefore, to see the giant Essex left-armer included in this winter's England Performance Programme squad.
Still only 19, Topley has significant room for further improvement and appears firmly on course to gain full international honours in future.
 
Andrew Salter
Salter demonstrated an appetite for the big occasion when performing impressively for Glamorgan in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lord's last month.
Although his side went on to be beaten by 87 runs, the off-spinner initially had Notts Outlaws on the ropes when ousting England internationals Michael Lumb and Samit Patel in an excellent opening spell.
Having featured infrequently prior to his Lord's debut, Salter showed he has much to offer Glamorgan in the years ahead.
 
Chris Dent
A reliable presence at the top of the order for his home county, Bristol-born Dent cracked 1,128 first-class runs at 45 in 2013 and struck up a healthy partnership with his opening partner, the similarly productive Michael Klinger.
While Dent could not challenge his skipper's haul of 702 runs in the Yorkshire Bank 40, a sensational unbeaten 151 against Glamorgan - which far exceeded his previous List A best of 36 - highlighted the left-hander's potential in the shorter forms.
In August, Dent signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Gloucestershire until the end of 2016.
 
James Vince
Having long been earmarked as a batsman of rare ability, Vince added consistency to his game this summer, topping Hampshire's first-class averages with 1,215 runs at an exceptional average of 64.
The elegant right-hander also performed strongly in limited-overs cricket as Hampshire reached the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20.
What is more, it turns out Vince can also bowl. He followed a maiden five-wicket haul against Loughborough MCCU with nine further scalps in the LV= County Championship.
 
Daniel Bell-Drummond
From the middle of the season, Bell-Drummond was finally given regular opportunities to show his worth by Kent.
His returns were not overly impressive, although the former England Under-19 star can take heart from striking his maiden first-class century against MCC.
 
Alex Davies
Wicketkeeper-batsman Davies did not feature as much as hoped this year, playing just three first-class games and one in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
The signing of Jos Buttler appears set to further undermine the youngster's hopes of action at Lancashire.
However, he may view it as an opportunity given the former Somerset man is likely to spend some time with England.
 
Shiv Thakor
Having averaged 61 during his first-class opportunities in 2012, Thakor took a step back during the recent campaign.
His first-class mark of 31 was a significant downgrade; however, even those marks are relatively impressive for a 19-year-old who is a more than handy all-rounder.
 
Paul Stirling
Stirling was again one of the most explosive limited-overs batsmen in the domestic game.
A powerful striker of the ball, he often performs his role of giving Middlesex the ideal start to aplomb.
However, he must continue to be frustrated by getting limited opportunity to shine in red-ball cricket.
 
Olly Stone
There was much excitement about Stone this season following his outstanding winter with the England Under-19s.
However, a dominant Northamptonshire side that secured promotion proved difficult to break into for the youngster.
 
Sam Wood
Wood found opportunities with Nottinghamshire difficult to come by as Samit Patel, who holds the spinning, all-rounder role, enjoyed arguably his best season to date.
 
Craig Overton
All-rounder Overton, much like twin brother Jamie, looked to be making great strides as he earned regular playing time earlier in the year.
However, Craig suffered a stress fracture in May and did not feature again for Somerset over the course of the season.
 
Jamie Overton
It could be argued that of all the people in this list, Overton made the biggest leap over the recent campaign.
A fast bowler capable of generating frightening pace despite being just 19 years old, he caught the eye of many observers while representing Somerset.
Overton also earned a place in England's NatWest Series one-day international squad, showing his efforts did not go unnoticed.
 
Dom Sibley
Up until the last few weeks of the season, it appeared our Sibley write-up would be another one discussing a lack of opportunities.
And then season finale happened. Up against Yorkshire at the Kia Oval, Sibley became the youngest Surrey centurion and second-youngest man to make a double-hundred in first-class cricket.
 
Luke Wells
The left-handed batsman enjoyed a fruitful campaign for Sussex, appearing in all 16 of their Division One fixtures and scoring 982 runs.
A career-best 208 against Surrey in April was the highest individual score from any Sussex batsman during their championship campaign.
Wells opened for England Lions versus Australia in August but made just 10 runs.
He will be looking to improve his form in the shorter formats, though. He returned just seven runs from four Yorkshire Bank 40 innings and was not involved in his side's Friends Life t20 campaign.

Ateeq Javid
It was a make or break year for the 21-year-old and he very definitely made it. There were rumours the batsman was questioning his future in the game last summer after a lack of first-team opportunities, but he grasped his chances during the campaign.
In 11 championship appearances he hit 619 runs at an average of 44.21 and recorded two hundreds.
He also finished top of the averages in Warwickshire's Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign, scoring 194 at 38.8.

Aneesh Kapil
The all-rounder failed to break into the first team at New Road and was told he would not be receiving an extension to his contract following the end of the campaign.
The 20-year-old made just eight appearances in all competitions for Worcestershire, contributing 82 runs and one wicket.

Alex Lees
Another talented batsman off the Yorkshire production line, Lees gained international recognition in 2013.
Having failed to make double-figures in his first three championship innings of the season, the 20-year-old hit a century against Middlesex before becoming the youngest White Rose player to record a double-century two games later versus Derbyshire.
That career-best knock of 275 helped him gain a call-up for England Lions’ clash with Australia, in which he made 33 as an opener.
He lost his place in the Yorkshire side towards the end of the campaign but expect to be hearing lots more about him in the coming years.

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