County star Charleswor­th is handed Young Lions chance

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING -

» 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.

Ben Charleswor­th

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