LANCASHIRE COUNTY Cricket Club is delighted to announce that four Academy players have signed professional contracts with the County.
Alex Davies, Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley and Luis Reece have all come through the development system at Lancashire, having been Academy members and, more recently, scholarship players along with appearances in the Second XI.
Davies, who plays his club cricket at Darwen, kept wicket in Lancashire’s final Championship game of the season against Surrey after making his county debut in Lancashire Lightning’s CB40 game against Glamorgan in August 2011. The 18-year-old also represented England Under 19s World Cup team Down Under in August.
Another player to have represented England Under 19s is right-arm fast bowler Griffiths. The 18-year-old plays his club cricket at Ormskirk and has been opening the attack for the 2nd XI team this season.
All-rounder Reece showed his form with the bat in the 2nd XI Trophy final after scoring an impressive 75 to help Stephen Parry’s side to the trophy. Reece bowls left arm seam and plays his cricket for Leyland.
Another all-rounder is Delph Cricket Club’s Lilley who has been a regular for the Seconds this season. Lilley was called into Lancashire’s CB40 squad for the trip to Worcestershire Royals in August and hit the only six of the 2nd XI Trophy final, as well as taking two wickets with his off spin.
Cricket Director Mike Watkinson said: “We are pleased to offer professional contracts to these lads who have come up through the player pathway at Lancashire.
“We have watched them grow as players over the years with Alex and Gavin also being recognised by the England selectors at youth level.
"They have all performed well in the second team and we are hopeful that they will be able to make the transition and play first class cricket for Lancashire in the coming years.”