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City cup youngster wins YC contract

Valand joins the YCs for the 2014 season
Valand joins the YCs for the 2014 season

Leicester youngster Janak Valand has signed with MCC Young Cricketers for the 2014 season after impressing during the 2013 Lord's Taverners City Cup.

Valand is an off-spinner and hard hitting middle-order batsman who caught the eye of MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne with a string of strong performances in the competition this season for Leicester Barclays Eagles.

He then secured his professional contract following a training weekend for the top performers in the competition, which included a twenty20 match against the current YCs, last month.

Chasing a dream

Alleyne described the all-rounder as a player of considerable talent.

He said: "Janak has shown great promise throughout the Lord’s Taverners City Cup Competition this season, and really stood out at the training weekend that I delivered for the top fifteen LTCC cricketers at the end of the summer. 

"He bowls with a great rev count – really turning the ball, and his batting is very positive – showing a good intent to score runs. 

"I’m really looking forward to working with him next year, as he makes the next step in his cricketing development."

This is the third year that MCC have worked with the LTCC (formerly the Wisden City Cup), to offer a YCs contract to the top performing LTCC player at the end of the competition. 

The signings are Dipayan Paul (Blackheath CC, 2011) and Zain Shahzad (Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC, 2012).

The Lord’s Taverners City Cup, was designed to promote inner-city cricket and social cohesion, and has been staged in London under the auspices of Middlesex CCC since 2009. 

In 2013, 35 teams competed in eight LTCC competitions based across the country: Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, North London, South London and Wolverhampton.

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