Ansari and Jewell stud Surrey talent
Zafar Ansari and Tom Jewell are the latest youngsters to earn professional contracts with Surrey.
All-rounder Jewell has been handed a two-year contract and left-handed batsman Ansari, who turned 19 on Friday, a two-year summer deal to play for the club while he continues his studies at Cambridge University, where he is currently a first-year student.
Both have been involved at Surrey through several age groups and are the latest products of the club's academy to achieve full professional status.
As well as representing Surrey, Jewell is a regular for Guildford CC in the Surrey Championship Premier Division and made his debut for the county at under-15 level.
A right-arm seamer and batsman with the ability to come in anywhere in the middle and lower order, he made his first-class debut against Loughborough UCCE in April 2008 and has played five times for Surrey’s senior side in different forms of the game.
Ansari made his Surrey bow at a young age, impressing at all levels of age-group cricket and captaining England at U15 level.
He has also represented his country at U17 and U19 level and made his List A debut in Surrey’s final Clydesdale Bank 40 match of 2010, taking a wicket with his first ball and recording an excellent economy rate when bowling within a power play.
Surrey professional cricket manager Chris Adams said: “Zafar and Tom are two more fine additions to our playing staff. They are both very adaptable cricketers and give us a wealth of options with both bat and ball.
“The fact they have been handed two-year deals shows the worth we place in both players and I look forward to working with both of them over the coming years.”
Jewell added: “I’m absolutely delighted, finally all the hard work I’ve done at the PG academy has paid off. I’ve had a taste of first-team action and it’s let me know where I need to be to be able to get in the four-day side and stay there.”
Ansari concluded: “I’ve been with Surrey since I was nine, so get a contract with the club you’ve played at all your life is fantastic. The summer contract is brilliant because it gives me the opportunity to work during term time but combine with playing up there and then for Surrey when I get back down here.”