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Thatcham turn to Young

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THATCHAM will hand 15-year-old wicket-keeper Jamie Young his first-team debut behind the stumps at High Wycombe II on Saturday.
With first-choice Dan Stone and stand-in Stephen Bird away in America due to work commitments, second teamer Young will be relied upon by skipper Duncan Johnson to maintain Thatcham's winning momentum that has swept them 20 points clear at the top of Thames Valley League Division One.
Young has already seen first-team action twice this season, scoring an unbeaten 48 to steer Thatcham to victory at North Maidenhead two weeks ago, but he has yet to take on wicket-keeping duties.
However, Johnson said: “Jamie has been brilliant with the bat when he has come in and he has shown that he is more than capable when keeping behind the stumps for the seconds.
“I have no problem with throwing him in at the deep end.”
Teenage bowler Jack Andrews also comes in after recovering from a fractured hand and Danny Williams steps back up for first-team duty after smashing 115 for the second team last week. They replace the holidaying Nick Bishop and Jim Ettridge.
Meanwhile, Falkland skipper George Trewby has warned his promotion hopefuls not to underestimate Basingstoke on Saturday with their derby rivals having lost key West Indian pace-man Gavin Tonge to international duty.
Saturday's opponents are just five points behind Falkland in fifth with the top five all vying for promotion, but they were dealt a massive blow last week when fast bowler Tonge, who has taken 30 wickets this season, was called up for the West Indies' one-day international series against Bangladesh last week.
Former Berkshire batsman Mitchell Stokes has also departed since Falkland's comfortable victory in the reverse fixture earlier this summer, but Trewby said: “Basingstoke have crept up the table in the last few weeks and have had some positive results, they have done well so we cannot underestimate them. We will go there with confidence though and we beat them with their two main guys playing earlier in the season.”
Falkland have Tom Heath and Nigel Trumper back on duty.

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