Two young players to watch coming through the Suffolk pathway right now are Alex Oxley and Freddie Heldreich.
Oxley is a right-handed top order batsman and became the second youngest post-war debutant for the NCCA side when he debuted aged 16 years and 60 days. He showed his prowess with a well compiled 124 vs Staffordshire during the summer of 2019, amongst other important innings. Inclusion in the Warwickshire academy has added value to his progression, along with a winter spent at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide. The lack of cricket in 2020 has been a frustration for all, but Oxley will be looking to further impress as opportunities arise.
Heldreich is a rare commodity in that he is a 6ft 2in left arm wrist spinner. His unorthodox action and many variations put him on England’s radar, and he was involved in the practice sessions with the senior Test team in 2018. The 19-year-old suffered a back injury which put an end to his 2019 campaign, but having made his Suffolk T20 debut at the age of 16 and claiming a place on Northants Academy, he is certainly one to keep an eye on.
Both players will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Tymal Mills, who came through Suffolk’s age group teams before featuring in five T20 internationals for England and playing IPL cricket.