Gough and Hoddle jnr make MCC YCs
The sons of Darren Gough and Glen Hoddle are among 10 new MCC Young Cricketers for 2012.
Liam Gough and Jamie Hoddle join the likes of Billy Root, the younger brother of Joe, in a 19-man squad that also includes six returning and three overseas players.
One of the newcomers is Dipayan Paul from Blackheath Cricket Club, who impressed MCC head coach Mark Alleyne during the Wisden City Cup last year.
Henry Nicholls from New Zealand, who joins on the recommendation of former Australia coach John Buchanan, plus Australians Ben Dougall and Alex Ross are the overseas trio. Dougall and Ross are part of a reciprocal arrangement that MCC has with the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in South Australia.
Returning to the YCs programme following a fine debut season and winter training at the DLCA is James Porter. Also embarking on a second full season at Lord’s is Tom Hampton, who will be joined this year by his younger brother Dan.
All of the 2012 squad will be aiming to use the MCC YCs programme to launch professional cricket careers, and follow in the footsteps of recent graduates - and now international captains - Ross Taylor, Darren Sammy and Will Porterfield.
Alleyne said: “I am delighted with the composition of the YCs squad this year - there is excellent strength and depth in all disciplines and I am looking forward to seeing how they develop as a group during the season.
“The main aim for all the players this summer is sustainability and consistency. All of the guys are very talented young cricketers, and they are all capable of putting in special performances - but the key is to be able to play well on a regular basis.
“My task therefore is to make sure that everyone is constantly accumulating ‘little wins’ and aspiring for excellence in everything that they do.”
The YCs will compete in the South Division of the ECB’s Second XI competitions in 2012 and will attend a world-class pre-season training experience alongside a combined MCC Universities team in Abu Dhabi next month.
2012 MCC Young Cricketers:
Andrew Clarke* (all-rounder)
Adam Dobb (all-rounder)
Ben Dougall (batsman)
Liam Gough (batsman)
Dan Hampton (all-rounder)
Thomas Hampton* (all-rounder)
Jamie Hoddle (all-rounder)
Adam Hose (batsman)
Thomas Lewis* (batsman)
Scott Mckechnie (wicketkeeper-batsman)
Henry Nicholls (batsman)
Dipayan Paul (all-rounder)
James Porter* (all-rounder)
Stuart Poynter* (wicketkeeper-batsman)
Jordan Rollings (all-rounder)
Billy Root (all-rounder)
Alex Ross (batsman)
James Southgate* (all-rounder)
Charles Wootton (batsman)
* denotes those cricketers returning for a second or third year