Starlets extend Edgbaston stay

08 September 2017 22:15:55 GMTPlus10

Twenty20 batting sensation Ed Pollock is among two Warwickshire youngsters to sign contract extensions at Edgbaston.

Left-handed batsman Pollock, a 22-year-old who made his debut in the NatWest Blast earlier this summer, and left-arm spinner Sunny Singh, 21, will now serve on the playing staff next summer

Pollock's influence on Birmingham Bears' Twenty20 campaign saw him score 283 runs in nine games at a strike rate of 174.69.

The former Shrewsbury School pupil crashed four of the first 13 deliveries sent down on finals day for six and reached 50 off 27 balls in the semi-final win over Glamorgan.

Singh first represented Warwickshire at the age of 15 and progressed through the academy to win a development contract at the start of the 2016 season, and has gone on to appear in several County Championship matches.

"Ed and Sunny have both broken through to the senior ranks this year and have the potential to play for Warwickshire, and possibly England, for many years," said Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's director of sport.

"Ed has made an outstanding impression in T20 cricket, cementing his position at the top of the order with attacking innings that put the opposition under pressure from the first ball.

"His ability to regularly clear the ropes is a great asset for the team as we look to build on our runner-up finish in this year's Blast.

"However, his challenge now is to take this success into the other forms of the game, particularly List A cricket.

"Sunny has worked incredibly hard to get to where he is in the professional game, having initially been spotted in the Warwickshire Cricket Board's Chance to Shine programme.

"He's put in some very encouraging performances in the County Championship and is making good progress from working closely with Alan Richardson and Jeetan Patel."

Meanwhile, EnglandĀ areĀ 1/998 to have a first-innings lead in the third Test against the West Indies.

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