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Ex-MCC YC signs for Middlesex

Barber has featured for England's U19 side
Barber has featured for England's U19 side

Former MCC Young Cricketer Tom Barber has signed a professional contract with Middlesex until the end of the summer.

The left-arm pace bowler joined up with Middlesex over the winter and has since been training with the playing squad.

The 21 year-old was previously on the books at Hampshire where he made two List-A appearances, most notably picking up the wickets of Kane Williamson and Andrew Gale in consecutive balls on his Royal London One-Day Cup debut against Yorkshire in August 2014.

Prior to that, Barber broke into the England under-19 side, making six appearances for the young Lions, three away on tour in South Africa which was followed up with three at home against Bangladesh in the same year.

Barber has since played for MCC YC’s and for his home county, Dorset.

The move comes three weeks after former MCC YC team-mate Gareth Harte secured a deal at Durham.

MCC Head Coach Steve Kirby said: "It’s fantastic to see another YC sign a professional contract only a few weeks after Gareth Harte secured a deal with Durham.

“We’re really trying to be seen as that finishing school for the later developer and watch this space as there should be a few more YC's who sign professional deals before the end of the season.

“From first meeting Tom and scouting him, it was clear he had a huge amount of potential.

Watch this space as there should be a few more YC's who sign professional deals before the end of the season

“He’s extremely coachable with a fantastic work ethic and a lot of credit should go to Richard Johnson for the technical work he did with him in the winter in partnership with the YC programme.

“We wish him all the best and if he keeps improving as he has done, he’ll have a fantastic career."

The Young Cricketers scheme has a rich history of producing international cricketers with notable 'graduates’ including England's Sir Ian Botham and Phil Tufnell, plus Australia's Mark Waugh.

Meanwhile, England’s Alex Hales, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor and West Indies’ Darren Sammy are three current internationals all to have been part of the scheme.

More recently, Australia batsman Matt Renshaw and New Zealand wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips have come through the Young Cricketers programme to represent their country.

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