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Will Young is set to join Durham for the beginning of the 2021 LV County Championship

Durham CCC
Durham CCC

Durham Cricket is delighted to confirm that New Zealand batsman Will Young is set to join Durham for the beginning of the 2021 LV County Championship season.

The right-hand batsman recently made his Black Caps test debut at home against West Indies where he scored 43 in his second match.

The 28-year-old is an established top order batsman at domestic level, where he has captained the Central Stags in New Zealand’s first-class format, leading his side to success in both red and white ball cricket.

Young, will arrive in the North East ahead of Durham’s County Championship match against Essex at the Cloudfm County Ground on Thursday 15 April, where he will be available for three games ahead of Cameron Bancroft’s arrival in May.

A proven run scorer in domestic first-class cricket Young has amassed over five thousand runs, with ten centuries and 29 half centuries, with a highest score of 162.

The right-hander was a former New Zealand under-19s captain leading his country out in the 2012 World Cup.

Will Young said: “I’m happy to say I’ve signed with them and I’ll be heading over at the conclusion of this season to join Durham up in the cold and play three first-class games for them, which will be an awesome opportunity to get over to England and be exposed to those conditions and face the new Duke ball.

“It will be a fun opportunity to meet a new bunch of guys and experience county cricket, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Director of Cricket Marcus North said: “We’re delighted to have secured the signing of Will Young for the early part of the season.

“In the absence of Cameron Bancroft, Will will add further strength to our batting line up, along with a wealth of experience. He is in a great place with his cricket having just broken into the Test and One Day sides with New Zealand.

“We look forward to welcoming Will to Durham in a few weeks’ time.”