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YC Muchall signs for Gloucestershire

Former MCC Young Cricketers captain Paul Muchall has signed a two-year deal with Gloucestershire after a successful pre-season trial with the club.

The all-rounder, younger brother of Durham’s Gordon Muchall, impressed Gloucestershire Director of Cricket John Bracewell during the club’s warm-up matches.

Muchall, 25, left the MCC staff at the end of the 2011 season after two successful years at Lord’s, during which time he captained the team.

He said: “I really benefited from my two years with the YCs.

“It is a great foundation for players who want to break into the county game.”

Muchall arrived at Lord’s having spent three years trying to break into a competitive first team at Durham, who helped him with the move to Lord’s after his contract ended.

One of his teammates at Durham was another former YC, Will Gidman, who impressed last summer after moving to Gloucestershire, doing the double of 1,000 first-class runs and 50 wickets in his first season with the club.

Indeed, Muchall joins a growing MCC enclave in Bristol, where Will’s older brother Alex, another former YC, leads the team.

Also others at the club include ex-YCs Hamish Marshall and Kevin O’Brien, as well as recent MCC Universities graduates (opens in a new window) Ian Cockbain and Richard Coughtree.

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