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Gloucestershire sign up young MCC batsman Ian Cockbain

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire have signed young MCC top order batsman Ian Cockbain on a two-year contract.

The 23-year-old arrived at Lord's in 2008 from Lancashire, where his father Ian played in the 1980s, and averaged over 44 in 2009 in Second XI cricket.

"I'd like to thank Gloucestershire for such a fantastic opportunity to play first-class cricket," said Cockbain.

"I am looking forward to getting stuck into the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of me."

Cockbain has been under the tutelage of former Gloucester captain Mark Alleyne at Lord's over the last two years.

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

John Bracewell

Director of cricket John Bracewell said: "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 latest signing adds to a growing crop of youngsters arriving at Nevil Road for the coming season.

Academy trio Graeme McCarter, Michael Beard, Craig Miles have been handed summer contracts for 2011 while wicketkeeper Richard Coughtrie has earned himself a two-year-deal.

This follows the departures of high-profile players such as Steve Kirby, Gemaal Hussain and William Porterfield.



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