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Duckett seals glory for U19s

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Ben Collins

Ben Collins was the leading wicket taker as the U19s won the 2nd XI Twenty20

England Under-19s won the County Second XI Twenty20 competition after beating holders Sussex at Arundel.

This was the first year that the Under-19s had entered a team into the competition and they managed to record six wins from eight matches in the zonal round of games before beating Worcestershire in the semi-finals by four wickets.

Chasing 156 for victory in the final on Saturday, a second wicket partnership of 116 between Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett (73 not out) and Sam Kelsall (56) of Nottinghamshire saw the Under-19s reach its target in the 17th over.

England Development Programme Head Coach Tim Boon said: “Participating in the competition gave us the chance to see players from outside the England Development Programme, to observe players within the programme competing for places for the England Under-19s World Cup squad in a competitive environment and for players to gain experience in potential roles.

"The victory was even more impressive as any England Under-19s players who were, or could have been playing in county first XIs, were not considered for selection during this campaign.”

Ben Duckett

England U19 batsman Ben Duckett goes on the attack during the Twenty20 competition. Photo by Tony Marsh.

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