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Stephen Peters

Stephen Peters is a player who does not seem old enough to have had a career spanning over a decade, but by the end of 2009 he was well on the way to scotching the notion that he was a wasted talent.

The opening batsman may still be most famous for winning the man-of-the-match award for scoring the century that won England the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in 1997/98, the only England male side to have won the World Cup, but he has carved out a good career with Northamptonshire.

An opener, he made his debut for Essex in 1996 and marked the occasion with a century against Cambridge University, becoming Essex’s youngest first-class centurion at the age of 17 years and 194 days.

He was awarded the NBC Denis Compton award in 1998 before moving to Worcestershire in 2002.

Peters featured in all 32 of Worcestershire’s 2003 and 2004 Frizzell County Championship matches but has failed to make the same impact in the shortened version of the game.

However, he only played nine first-class games in the 2005 season, in which he made two half centuries.

Peters signed for Northamptonshire at the start of the 2006 season and had a successful 2007 summer which saw him rack up 854 first-class runs, including two hundreds.

Peters forged a prosperous opening partnership with Niall O’Brien in 2008, and his three centuries meant he fell 51 runs short of 1,000 runs for Northants in first-class cricket.

A reassuring presence in a struggling batting unit in 2009, Peters racked up over 1,000 runs again, with three centuries, more than any other Northants player.