Saturday, November 19th, 2016

“exciting Talents” Link Up With Young Lions For Second Training Camp

“exciting Talents” Link Up With Young Lions For Second Training Camp

Young Worcestershire duo George Scrimshaw and Josh Dell have linked up with England's Young Lions for another training camp today at the National Performance Centre at Loughbrough.

Paceman Scrimshaw and batsman Dell were described as "exciting talents" by the County's Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes ahead of the three-day get together- the second of the winter.

He believes they will benefit from the experience of next month's Young Lions trip to Dubai – featuring three matches against the UAE – and, if selected, the England Under-19s tour of India in January-February.

Scrimshaw is starting his first year as a full-time professional at New Road after proving his fitness last summer while Dell is part of the County's Academy for another 12 months,

Rhodes said: "They are both very exciting talents. Josh didn't make a full (professional) contract this year and, by his own admittance, he didn't have as good a year as he would have liked in terms of runs and England Under-19s.

"But he is a really bright prospect,, has got a really good future, is a big strong lad but very athletic and certainly with the bat we are very optimistic we can get him back on track.

"This winter, we've already done quite a bit of work with him.

"The same with George, he has done a bit of work with Mase (bowling coach Matt Mason) this winter. We started them early because of where they are and what they are doing.

"George is a professional cricketer and we wouldn't have put him on professional terms without backing him and he has got all the attributes as a six feet and several inches bowler.

"But also we are very pleased that some of the ways he has trained and practiced will hold him in good stead for getting better."

In terms of the Young Lions experience, Rhodes said: "These things are stepping stones but mixing with good coaches, professional enviroments, other very good young players can only be a very good thing.

"If they are selected for the Under-19s after Christmas, it will be a great experience to go to a different country and experience a different culture. It will be a great learning curve for them.

"Even going to Dubai, the facilities, the conditions and the quality coaches they have with them will be a great experience."