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Notts News In Brief
Andre Adams was named Notts’ player
of the season for the second successive
campaign at the annual Gala Dinner at
Trent Bridge.
Adams was praised for the consistency
of his bowling in the LV= County
Championship and several explosive
batting cameos.
Alex Hales was named Young Player of
the Year with Tom Rowe named as the
Most Improved Academy Player.
Guests were entertained by former Kent
captain Dave Fulton who served as after
dinner speaker with special presentations
made to retiring scorer Brian Hewes and
departing bowler Charlie Shreck.
Outlaws in strongest CB40 group
Notts Outlaws have been placed
alongside both of this year’s finalists in
Group C of the 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40.
Notts will face reigning champions
Surrey Lions, runners-up Somerset
Sabres, Durham Dynamos, Hampshire
Royals, Glamorgan and Scotland in
search of a semi-final place.
Sam Kelsall, SamWood and Brett Hutton
have all signed professional contracts with
Nottinghamshire after graduating from
the club’s academy.
The trio, all 18, have signed two-year deals
having spent last season on the periphery
of the first team squad.
All three have represented England at
Under 19 level and hope to feature in
the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in
Australia in August having already made
their first class debuts for Nottinghamshire
in various circumstances.
Hutton was in the Nottinghamshire
side that played against MCC in the
Champion County fixture in Abu Dhabi,
Wood featured as a replacement for Samit
Patel against Lancashire at Trent Bridge
following a mid-match England call-up
and Kelsall was included in the side for
the LV= County Championship match
against Durham.
“All three players showed some promise
last season and it is pleasing to take players
on to our professional staff who have been
in our academy since they were 13 years
old,” said Nottinghamshire Director of
Cricket Mick Newell.
“It is a credit to our Academy Director
Chris Tolley and the specialist coaches
that work with him that these players have
made the transition.”
Former Notts duo Mike Hendrick
and Paul Johnson and Strength and
Conditioning Coach Kevin Paxton have a
remit to work with the club’s professional
and academy squads to ensure that
consistent standards are applied at all
stages of a player’s development.
Jake Ball and Scott Elstone earned
professional contracts last season having
emerged from the academy and Newell
has already identified England Under 17
duo Tom Rowe and Simon Webster as
players to watch.
“It’s encouraging to see players at different
age groups with strong attributes andTom
and Simon have already caught the eye at
England Under 17 level,” said Newell.
“Developing more of our own players is a
key element of our cricket strategy but we
keep an eye on the entire player market
and anyone that graduates the academy
and signs professional terms has to do
so on merit and not simply because they
were born locally.”