Young quick Raphael Weatherall has signed his first professional contract with Northamptonshire.

A graduate of the Northamptonshire Academy, Weatherall now begins a two year rookie deal until the end of 2025.

“I’m really pleased I got a deal, I feel like I’ve worked really hard for it and to see that work pay off makes me very proud.” Said Weatherall.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season in 2023, impressing in the Club’s Second Eleven and earning himself a call-up to the England U19’s ODI and Test sides. Weatherall capped it off by being recently named Academy Player of the Year at the Club’s End of Season Dinner Awards.

“At the start of the year I set myself some goals, one of which was to play for England U19’s and another was to get a rookie deal with Northamptonshire, so I’m really pleased that I’ve managed to fulfill both of those.” He said.

Head Coach John Sadler was full of praise and believed Weatherall would have a lot to contribute to the bowling group moving forward.

“Raphy is a very exciting prospect, he’s showed his potential in the Second Eleven this year and we’re all excited about him.” Sadler said.

“His attitude is excellent and we’ve seen him do well for England Under 19s this summer.”

A fast bowler already capable of speeds up to 85mph, Weatherall was excited to spend more time around the professional squad and further develop his skills ahead of the new season.

“I’m looking forward to working with Chris Liddle over the winter and I’m eager to have more conversations with some of the older boys like Ben Sanderson and Jack White, they’ve both been in the game a while and have lots of experience.

“This is only the start, but I’m going to really try to get my game to the best it can ready for next season” He added.