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Warwickshire near signing Che Simmons, 17-year-old dubbed ‘new Jofra Archer’

2021-06-15 17:34:36

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Barbadian quick bowler has UK passport and impressed on trial with 2nd XI

Warwickshire look set to tug off one thing of a coup in signing Che Simmons, a younger quick bowler who has been dubbed the “new Jofra Archer”.
Simmons, a 17-year-old seamer, was born and raised in Barbados. However he additionally holds a UK passport via his father and, having been really useful to Warwickshire’s director of sport, Paul Farbrace, by fellow Barbadian Ottis Gibson, was invited to play a couple of video games for Warwickshire’s 2nd XI as a trialist.

Having made a wonderful impression, Simmons is predicted to be provided a deal which could properly embody some sort of scholarship so that he can full his schooling within the UK. He presently attends Combermere Faculty, which has a wealthy historical past of manufacturing high gamers. As properly has present West Indies Check captain, Kraigg Brathwaite, Wes Corridor, Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrall and Chris Jordan additionally attended the varsity. So did the singer, Rihanna.

A quick bowler with a phenomenal easy run-up and motion, Simmons has represented Barbados Beneath-15s and got here to prominence by claiming all 10 wickets in an innings whereas taking part in for the Franklyn Stephenson Academy. He completed with the exceptional figures of 10 for 16 from 5.3 overs. Solely two of the runs he conceded got here off the bat.

Whereas excellent news for Warwickshire and, doubtlessly, England, it could be seen as one other setback for cricket within the Caribbean. Whereas Archer and Jordan are probably the most high-profile cricketers to have opted for England forward of Barbados in recent times, Warwickshire have one other younger Barbadian in Jacob Bethell on their workers. Some at Warwickshire imagine Bethell, a left-arm spinner and batter, is one of the best younger participant the membership has had for the reason that emergence of Ian Bell.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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