Youngsters Jamie Miller, Adam Rouse and Tim Ravenscroft have been handed development contracts for the 2011 season having impressed during their time with Hampshire's Academy.
Miller, a leg-spinner, Rouse, a wicket-keeper-batsman and batsman Ravenscroft will be aiming to break into the first team just as Danny Briggs, Chris Wood and James Vince did having been handed similar contracts ahead of the 2010 season.
Miller took 13 wickets playing second eleven cricket in 2010 at an average of 15.61 while Rouse was selected to play for England Under-19s against Sri Lanka and following an injury to Nic Pothas that elevated Michael Bates to the first team, he enjoyed eight matches playing for the second team.
Ravenscroft spent the season on loan at Sussex.
“I’m delighted to see more young players being given this opportunity. It is a tribute to their hard work and patience, as well as the efforts of Hampshire Cricket staff that they have been given these development contracts," Academy Director Tony Middleton said.
“With the injuries that we had last season to key players, we had no choice but to throw the young guys into the action, but they showed they could not only cope, but also thrive. The Royals squad that won the Friends Provident t20 Cup showed the sort of quality we have here at the club.”
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