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Mark Nelson

Nelson endured a tough time trying to break into the Northamptonshire first-team in 2008.

Born in nearby Milton Keynes, Nelson played for the Northamptonshire Academy and the Second XI as a teenager.

Nelson represented England at youth level before being added to the Under-19 World Cup squad to go to Sri Lanka in 2006 when Worcestershire's Richard Jones was ruled out with a back injury.

He proved to be one of England's key performers at the World Cup, starting in the first warm-up match against pre-tournament favourites India when he hit 34 and took 3-37 with his medium-pace.

A middle-order left-hand bat and right-arm opening bowler, he played a significant role in Northants winning the NCL Premier Division in 2005.

During his time at Stowe School he picked up 7-28 (versus MCC) and hit 113 not out (against Rugby) and has also represented the Midlands Regional Academy squad.

Nelson made his first-class debut for Northants against Middlesex in 2007, taking two wickets and scoring 13 runs.

He spent almost all of 2008 in the Second XI and featured in a NatWest Pro40 match, before being called up to face Warwickshire in the LV County Championship, where he scored 42.

He featured against Middlesex at Wantage Road again, after Lance Klusener’s release was announced.

Nelson demonstrated his undoubted talent with a century against Derbyshire Second XI in August, but he his time at Northants came to an end in 2009 when he left at the end of the season.