County star Charlesworth is handed Young Lions chance
» GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S Ben Charlesworth has been picked in the 18-man England Young Lions squad for the first half of the winter, which includes domestic training camps in the UK and a 20-day training camp in Bangalore, India.
Charlesworth, 17, recently signed a contract with Gloucestershire until 2021 and is in the middle of his A levels at St Edward’s in Oxford.
He made his Championship debut against Warwickshire at Edgbaston and marked his first home Championship match by taking the final wicket to seal victory over Leicestershire with his only delivery.
St Edward’s subsequently cleared Charlesworth - who bats left handed and bowls right arm at a brisk medium pace - to play in all four remaining Championship fixtures.
In the first against Middlesex at the Brightside Ground, he impressed with a patiently constructed 77 not out before taking 3-25 in 13 overs. Another first innings half century (72) against Glamorgan at Cardiff the following week helped Gloucestershire to a nine wicket win.
The second half of the winter will see the England Under-19s travel to Bangladesh in the New Year to take on the hosts in all three formats of the game, for which a squad of 15 will be named.
» Batsman and wicketkeeper James Bracey has signed a contract with Gloucestershire until the end of the 2021 season.
The 21-year-old made his debut against Sussex at the end of the 2016 season.
Bracey was Gloucestershire’s second highest run scorer in the Specsavers County Championship in 2018 with 785 runs at an average of 32.70.
He recorded two centuries during the red ball campaign, 120 not out in the loss at home to neighbours Glamorgan and an impressive 125 not out against Middlesex at Lord’s to lead Gloucestershire to safety on the final day.