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YC Eckersley gets Unicorns chance

Former MCC Young Cricketer Ned Eckersley has been named in a 29-man Unicorns squad for the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

Eckersley joins three other ex-YCs - Glenn Querl, Jonathan Miles and Jackson Thompson - in the squad. The trio are three of ten players retained from the Unicorns’ debut season in 2010.

Eckersley, a YC for three seasons between 2008 and 2010, is a wicket-keeper batsman who bats right handed.

Stepping stone

The Unicorns side formed in 2010 to play exclusively in the CB40 and is comprised of talented cricketers without full county contracts.

Their debut season was largely considered a success as they claimed three county scalps - including a six-wicket win over Sussex.

MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne, who recommended Eckersley to the Unicorns, believes his former charge has the ability to excel in the CB40.

"Ned is a real big match player. He’s got a first class temperament in my opinion and I do believe he belongs on a bigger stage." said the former England all-rounder.

"I hope he gets a good opportunity because this could be a great stepping stone for him."

Going places

21-year-old Eckersley made his List A One Day debut for MCC against ‘Bangladesh A’ in 2008, where he took three catches behind the stumps.

He was selected for 12th man duties during England’s famous Ashes victory at Lord’s in 2009, and had the opportunity to field on the fourth day.

He has formed a key part of the YCs team, which plays in the English 2nd XI Championship, for the past three season’s.

Eckersley has been the subject of interest from a number of counties and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Unicorns who won county deals on the back of their performances in 2010.

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