Gloucestershire have signed former Lancashire and MCC Young Cricketer batsman Iain Cockbain on a two-year contract, the club has confirmed.
Cockbain, who played second XI cricket for Lancashire before moving to Lord's in 2008, scored over 1400 runs in all competitions in second XI cricket in 2010 while he has also fulfilled 12th-man duties for England when they played at Lord's this summer.
“I'd like to thank Gloucestershire CCC for such a fantastic opportunity to play First Class cricket for such a prestigious club," Cockbain told the club's website (www.gloscricket.com).
"I am thoroughly looking forward to joining up with the squad on 1st March and getting stuck into the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of me!
"I would also like to thank Mark Alleyne for the last two years I have had with the MCC Young Cricketers. His knowledge of the game and coaching skills have helped to improve my game and set me in good stead for my future.”
Director of Cricket, John Bracewell added: “We are delighted to have signed Ian as an opening batsman from the MCC Young Cricketers. This programme has already supplied us with Alex Gidman, William Porterfield, Will Gidman and Steve Snell in the last decade and Ian comes highly recommended by Mark Alleyne. This is a continuing association and we are confident that Ian’s cricket will kick on in the professional environment.”
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