Sunday, 5 January 2020

Ones to watch in 2020

Every year we do this, normally on New Year's Day. Unfortunately two bottles of a rather drinkable Chilean Malbec got the better of me, so it is a few days late. We look at the youngsters who are about to break onto the scene. Sometimes we get it spectacularly right and look like heroes. Very occasionally. Here we look at those who have caught out eye in 2019 and they are our ones to watch in 2020...Read on. Oh and have a wonderful New Year, Stump fans.

Rishi Patel... a star in the East
Josh De Caires - taking his mother's surname, this Middlesex batsmen has the doggedness of  an old school opening batsman. Funny that, as his dad is Mike Atherton. Strong off his legs and with fast hands through the ball, he is mentally strong as good openers need to be. Coached by Mark Ilott at St Albans school, De Caires is a proper old school player, not just a white ball biffer. This lad schooled in the Roman capital of Britain, will be a centurion.

Rishi Patel - Essex have produced a number of home grown stars in their Championship winning campaign and the latest is Chigwell born Rishi Patel. Tearing up the second eleven championship last year with numerous hundreds, Patel hasn't yet transferred that to the first team but those in the know, say it is only a matter of time. This lad is going to be more A1 than A12.

Finlay Bean - nothing been about this 17 year old wicket keeper from Yorkshire, this lad is the future. A run in the England Under 19's last season saw his keeping impress those in the know and in his county, they generally do. A solid left handed bat, no doubt we will see more of Master Bean in the next few seasons. They don't give praise easily in Yorkshire, so when they do, watch out. He might not be able to buy a drink at a bar yet, but then he is from Yorkshire, so I don't expect him to buy one when he turns 18 either.


Daniel Mousley - the Moseley Mousley, this Coventry lad will score a lot of runs at Edgbaston over the next few years. If he scores as many as Ian Bell, who also hailed from his part of the world, he will do ok. Left handed, he scored a stylish 74 against a decent Indian side for England Under 19's at Beckenham last year. He can also bowl an off break or two.

Jordan Cox - they know a thing about wicket keepers down in Kent. Think Evans, Knott, Ames, Downton, Jones and now they have Billings and the excellent Ollie Robinson. Just to really be greedy they have produced another one, Jordan Cox from Sandwich Town CC. With really good glovework, there is going to be serious competition for places with this lad supposedly being from a different Thanet, sorry planet.

Lewis Goldsworthy - Cornwall has produced Jack Richards, Charlie Shreck and Jack Crapp (yes that really was his name) and this lad from that county, Lewis Goldsworthy has impressed all and sundry. Somerset have just offered him a two year deal and a solid batsman who bowls left arm, was snapped up by the Cidermen. Good performances for England Under 19, mean that Goldsworthy is just one of a select few coming through the ranks of a county who pride themselves on producing their own talent.

Have a great 2020 Stump fans and may you batsmen be awash with leg stump half volleys and you bowlers be served up with green tops. Enjoy!


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