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Hildreth hails brilliant Briggs

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Hampshire's Danny Briggs has been one of the star performers for England Lions this winter and his efforts have not gone unnoticed

James Hildreth has paid tribute to teenage spinner Danny Briggs following his sterling performances for England Lions this winter.

The 19-year-old slow left-armer has taken 15 wickets at an average of 23 in the West Indies Cricket Board regional four-day championship, having previously impressed during his time with the England Performance Programme in Australia.

It was in the shortest form of the game that Briggs made the biggest impact last summer as he helped Hampshire to glory in the Friends Provident t20.

Only Somerset’s Alfonso Thomas took more wickets than Briggs in the competition and the youngster is now showing his value in the first-class game.

Lions captain Hildreth told ecb.co.uk: “Every time I put Briggsy on to bowl he seems to get wickets for me and he’s really good at keeping it tight.

“He knows his game really well. He obviously flourished in the 20-over format, but watching him bowl in four-day cricket over in Australia before Christmas and now out here in the West Indies, he’s been doing really well, so that’s pleasing.”

Hildreth has been impressed with the maturity shown by Briggs at such an early stage in his career.

“It’s a credit to him,” the Somerset batsman added. “He works hard in the nets and I think he’s one of these bowlers who has quite a simple philosophy really. He doesn’t try and vary it too much.

“He’s got subtle changes of pace and spin and that works for him. He gets a lot of batsmen trapped on the crease, lbw and bowled, and he seems to know what fields he wants and how he’s going to bowl it.

“For a young lad I think it’s a really encouraging sign that he knows his game so well.”

The Lions returned to action today following a 10-day break, with Guyana providing the opposition at the Providence Stadium.

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