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Paul shines on YC debut

Dipayan Paul, the MCC Young Cricketer who won his place on the scheme after impressing in the Wisden City Cup last year, took match-winning figures on debut.

Paul, 19, took sensational figures of 4/15 against table-toppers Essex 2nd XI in the Second Eleven Trophy one-day competition. The match, played at Garon Park in Southend, ended in a 92-run win for the YCs.

Paul, from Limehouse in east London, is a hard hitting lower-order batsman and off-spin bowler, who plays his cricket for Blackheath. He is also a product of the Tower Hamlets' Schools Cricket Association talent pathway.

He impressed MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne while taking part in the WCC competition last summer, and was fast-tracked onto the scheme at Lord's for this summer.

Former England all-rounder Alleyne spoke of his pleasure in seeing Paul perform so impressively at the higher level.

He said: "Dipayan really impressed me throughout the Wisden City Cup competition last year, and it is great to see him take the next step, and translate those performances twelve months ago, against professional cricketers on the county second eleven stage.

"There is a lot of hidden talent out there, and through MCC’s partnerships and initiatives with organisations such as the Wisden City Cup and the Tower Hamlets Schools’ Cricket Association, I hope that we can continue to unearth and support talented young cricketers through less traditional avenues."

The Wisden City Cup, designed to promote inner-city cricket and social cohesion, has been staged in London under the auspices of Middlesex County Cricket Club since 2009. Leicestershire County Cricket Club launched an equivalent WCC competition in Leicester in 2011.

The Tower Hamlets Schools' Cricket Association was formed in 2007 and has resulted in all 83 schools in the borough playing competitive cricket. The Tower Hamlets District Schools’ Cricket team has also been formed, and 50 youngsters have represented ECB Premier League focus clubs.

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