Academy

Our 2014 Academy selection has been finalised and we welcome the inclusion of Emma Lamb to the other nine young male players selected.

Emma is only the third girl to be inducted since we started in 2001 and is the sister of Danny who is embarking on his second year with us. I am hopeful that she has the potential to develop into a full International Cricketer; an achievement our first female Academy player, Katy Cross, achieved this winter.

The squad of players includes four youngsters who are currently involved with England U17 and U19 programmes. Haseeb Hameed, Rob Jones, Saqib Mahmood and Harry Dearden.

Matthew Parkinson is starting his third year with us following his award of the County’s Young Player of the Year at the end of season presentation in September.

The other three players engaged are from outside Lancashire. Tom Steelefrom Staffordshire and James Drummond and newcomer Matthew Hughes from Cheshire.

Name
Place & Date of Birth
Bat/Bowl
Years in Academy
Harry Dearden
7 May 1997, Bury
Left hand bat/Off Spin
2nd year
James Drummond
12 September 1996, Harrogate
Right hand bat
2nd year
Matthew Hughes
17 April 1996, Manchester
Right hand bat/Off spin
1st year
Danny Lamb
7 September 1995, Preston
Right hand bat/Right arm medium
2nd year
Emma Lamb
16 December 1997, Preston
Right hand bat
1st year
Rob Jones
3 November 1995, Warrington
Right hand bat/Leg spin
3rd year
Saqib Mahmood
25 February 1997, Birmingham
Right hand bat/Right arm fast-medium
3rd year
Matthew Parkinson
24 October 1996, Bolton
Right hand bat/Leg spin
3rd year
Tom Steele
6 October 1995, Stoke
Right hand bat/Leg spin
3rd year

Scholarship Players

I am also delighted to say we have selected four players onto Scholarships and they will be predominantly attached to the professional squads during the year ahead. Of these players three are quick bowlers, Liam Hurt, Adnam Ghaus and Tom Bailey. Tom and Adnam are in Australia and Pakistan respectively and Liam joins Academy batsman Haseeb Hameed at this level for the first time.

All of these players will be challenged in the coming months to deliver on the significant potential they have. I know our coaching staff are looking forward to working with them.

Name
Place & Date of Birth
Bat/Bowl
Academy & Scholarship Years
Tom Bailey
21 April 1991, Preston
Right arm fast-medium
Academy 2011, Scholarship 2012-14
Adnan Ghaus
27 November 1990, Pakistan
Right arm fast-medium
Scholarship 2013-14
Haseeb Hameed
17 January 1997, Bolton
Right hand bat
Academy 2012-13, Scholarship 2014
Cole Hayman
20th September 1994, Burnley
Right arm medium-fast
Scholarship 2014
Liam Hurt
15 March 1994, Preston
Right arm fast-medium
Scholarship 2014

John Stanworth
Academy Director
January 2014

*Note: Cole Hayman joined our Scholarship players after this article was written