Alex Russell has been a consistent performer for NCCA side Herefordshire at senior level in all formats for the past two years. The 18-year-old leg spinner has also played for Gloucestershire 2nd X1 squad and was involved in the Gloucestershire squad for the game against Australia A. Having been a consistent performer in county age groups and earning an Academy contract with Gloucestershire, he performed well on tour with the county in India, with returns of 4/11 and 4/21 in two of the matches. Having also trained with England U19s, his attacking nature and understanding of the tactical side of the game leave the NCCA side with high hopes for 2021.
Zain Ul Hassan is a top order batsman who can also bowl some handy first or second change seamers. Having performed for the Midlands U15s at Bunbury in 2016, and then gaining selection into the Midlands U17 team for the Super 4’s competition in 2017 he progressed to play for Worcestershire 2ndteam. Having been involved in Herefordshire’s senior side for a year now, the all-rounder has also made his List A debut for Worcestershire in a tour match against the West Indies A team. With a winter in Australia now under his belt, the NCCA side have hopes that the left-handed batsman will continue to progress with them.