Northamptonshire County Cricket Club are delighted to announce a new talent pathway partnership with London Schools’ Cricket Association.

The agreement will provide a direct pathway for aspiring, young cricketers to reach the First-Class game to benefit both organisations and most importantly, their players.

An integrated talent identification system across both the NCCC and LSCA pathways will be launched, as well as regular fixtures for all age groups throughout the 2022 season and beyond. The partnership also includes the opportunity for LSCA players to represent NCCC in county age group fixtures on a dual registration basis.

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Ray Payne said: “The recently announced partnership with London Schools’ Cricket Association is the latest important relationship the County Club has built beyond the County boundaries, providing both organisations the opportunity to nurture and grow cricket.

“We are happy to assist in providing the First-Class County’s facilities, coaching skills and advice to young players in the London region. We also recognise the short geographical distance between the two regions and how co-operation can lead to player development and greater opportunities.”

London Schools’ Chairman Grahame Selvey-Clinton added: “I am delighted that we have signed an agreement with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

“This will provide another pathway for our youngsters from all backgrounds to achieve their aspirations of a professional career in the game.

“We will also benefit from the professional backroom support to run alongside the expertise offered by our former professional and international coaches. This is just another step in the continuing evolution of London Schools’ as we aim to provide opportunities in representative cricket to young people from a diverse range of backgrounds living in inner London.”