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Potential Young Lions come together for 'Best v Best' matches

Some of the best young cricketers in the country are playing in North v South

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Potential Young Lions come together for 'Best v Best' matches

James Coles (right) made his First Class debut this summer and will feature in the Young Lions matches this week

A number of potential England Young Lions players have arrived in Loughborough to take part in the first of two 'Best v Best' matchdays at the National Cricket Performance Centre.

Twenty-six players have been split into two squads – North and South – to compete in a three-day red-ball match.

The same number of players will return to Loughborough on the weekend of September 26/27 for two white-ball fixtures.

Off the back of a summer in which several First-Class County coaches have played a huge role in assisting the preparation of senior England Men’s players, that theme is continued with eight Academy Directors involved.

Richard Damms (Yorkshire), John Windows (Durham), Ali Maiden (Leicestershire) and Daryn Smit (Derbyshire) will assist with the North; Gareth Townsend (Surrey) and Charlie Freeston (Hampshire), Steve Snell (Somerset) and Rich Halsall (Sussex) will support the South.

In total 19 players have been selected for both sets of matches – with two sets of seven players respectively picked for either the red-ball or the white-ball.

Three-day red-ball match. Friday September 18-Sunday September 20

Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire)
Jamie Atkins (Sussex)
Sonny Baker (Somerset/Devon)
Finlay Bean (Yorkshire)
George Bell (Lancashire)
Ed Booth (Yorkshire)
Jonathan Bushnell (Durham)         
James Coles (Sussex/Oxfordshire)
Henry Crocombe (Sussex) 
James Cronie (Northamptonshire)
Blake Cullen (Middlesex)
Robin Das (Essex)
Josh De Caires (Middlesex)
Luke Doneath (Durham)
Harry Duke (Yorkshire)
JJ Fielding (Lancashire)
Brodie Glendenning (Durham)
Alex Horton (Glamorgan)
Sean Hunt (Surrey)
Ned Leonard (Somerset)
Fletcha Middleton (Hampshire)
Nick Potts (Derbyshire)
Tom Prest (Hampshire)
Harry Sullivan (Yorkshire)

Two white-ball matches. Saturday September 26 & Sunday September 27

Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire)
Sonny Baker (Somerset/Devon)
Amrit Basra (Northamptonshire)
George Bell (Lancashire)
Jacob Bethell (Warwickshire)
Ed Booth (Yorkshire)
Jonathan Bushnell (Durham)
James Coles (Sussex/Oxfordshire)
Henry Crocombe (Sussex) 
James Cronie (Northamptonshire)
Blake Cullen (Middlesex)
Robin Das (Essex)
Josh De Caires (Middlesex)
Luke Doneathy (Durham)
Harry Duke (Yorkshire)
JJ Fielding (Lancashire)
Freddie Heldreich (Northamptonshire)
Alex Horton (Glamorgan)
Eshun Kalley (Essex)
Ned Leonard (Somerset)
Fletcha Middleton (Hampshire)
Will Naish (Gloucestershire)
Nick Potts (Derbyshire)
Tom Prest (Hampshire)
Matt Revis (Yorkshire)
Sam Wisniewski (Yorkshire)

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