Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Ones to watch in 2013....

Here the Middle Stump have a look at who will be the stars of the county game in 2013, and check out the young guys coming through. 2013 will be a big year for these guys and we look at eleven of the finest youngsters in the country.

Bell-Drummond...the "real deal"

Daniel Bell-Drummond - the South London boy has been described as being the "real deal" down at Kent. Bell-Drummond would open the batting with Joe Root in the England Under 19 team a year or so ago, and the way he played Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel last year down at Canterbury suggests he can go a long way. Educated at Millfield, although schooled originally at Catford Wanderers CC, 2013 will be a big year for the lad known as Deebs.

Sam Northeast - another to come through the production line down at Canterbury, and another to handle the South African attack very well last year. A product of Harrow school, Northeast is still only 23 and has five centuries to his name already, and  now enters his sixth season. An all round sportsman, Northeast played county level at numerous sports and another who will get his chance in a young Kent line up.

Tymal Mills - the Essex left arm quick has been a fan of The Middle Stump since the early days, which means he must have the wisdom of Solomon, his middle name! Quick, strong, he will go on forever, and already in the England Performance Programme, the Norwich City fan has already troubled numerous batsmen around the circuit with his angle and pace. One definitely to watch in 2013.

Mills...the wisdom of Solomon

Toby Roland-Jones - the Middlesex seamer is not so much one for the future as one for the present. Grabbing the headlines in a strong attack, he already has over a hundred wickets at less than 21 apiece. Will learn from bowling in this experienced attack and is also no mug with the bat. Now doing the business in Division One, 2013 is a big year for the man known as TRJ.

Chris Woakes - another who is one for the present, the Warwickshire all rounder should be replacing the likes of Tim Bresnan in the England side, especially when we play New Zealand. Averaging 25 with the ball and a shade under 40 with the bat, it was down to the likes of Woakes why the Bears won the Championship last year. He will be well looked after by the experience of Rikki Clarke and Pop Welch in the West Midlands and 2013 could be his breakthrough season on the international front.

Lewis Gregory - the man who arrived in Taunton via his native Plymouth is still only 20, and grabbed his chance last year as Somerset were decimated by injury. Attacking with the bat, and bowling at a brisk pace with the ball he is a handful in all formats, but is particularly suited to the one day arena. One of a host of excellent youngsters coming through in the West Country.

Gregory...one of a host of youngsters coming through at Taunton at present

Andrew Salter - the 19 year old from Glamorgan will get his opportunity to tweak his off breaks with Robert Croft's retirement, and he is a straight bat who will do well. Will need to not leave the pavilion with two left handed gloves as he did last year though! One definitely who will be there or thereabouts in 2013, and his partnership with Dean Cosker will be crucial for the chaps over the other side of the Severn Bridge.

James Harris - already called up for the England squad, Harris has moved to Middlesex for 2013. Still only 22, he has been around for years and will strengthen an impressive attack. Decent with the bat too, it will be interesting to see how he copes with playing at Division One level. I think he will do very well personally, but may need to improve his fashion sense according to team mate Gareth Rees!

Moin Ashraf - the 20 year old will have no better fast bowling coach than Jason Gillespie up at Headingley, and being around the likes of Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom can only help him. Bowls, fast, full and straight and is already an expert at blasting away a tail. A big season for the young quick, especially as the White Rose have just been promoted to Division One.

Shiv Thakor...will get his chance at Grace Road

Michael Bates - the Hampshire stumper is already one of the finest glovemen in the country and for out and out wicket keepers is up there with the best. However, keepers need to bat these days and Bates came through with his first ton last year. 2013 is now a big year for him to see if he can improve on that and improve his career batting average to nearer thirty. A fine prospect.

Shiv Thakor - the stylish and elegant Leicestershire batsman is still only nineteen. One who will get his chance in a young line up, no doubt the vultures hawking around one of the least well off counties already have their beady eye on him. Maturity beyond his years, he averages nearly 52 in first class cricket and has been named captain of the England Under 19 side. A big year lined up.


  1. Glad you included Daniel B-D. another off the Worth/Hill LSCA production line.

  2. I presume this is Roger as Derrick Worth has never been near a pc in his life! Yeah he is a decent player - didn't realise he was one of your London schools lads as well. Happy New Year and hope you had a good one Rog!

  3. The omission must be Reece Topley at Essex.

  4. As much chance of this site becoming PC as Worthy logging onto one. Funny though he was one of the first blokes I know to have a mobile phone. It was about the size of a cricket bat from memory. Maybe he should have used it instead?