Friday 4 October 2013 

Bears Academy Stars Sign First Professional Contracts


Warwickshire County Cricket Club have bolstered their squad by offering Pete McKay, Tom Lewis and Jon Webb their first professional contracts after graduating through the Club’s Academy and development programmes.

Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Investing in our development programme and giving exciting young cricketers an opportunity to progress to the professional ranks is a key part of our recruitment. Ian Bell and Chris Woakes are both great examples of what can be achieved through this policy.

“Having been part of the Warwickshire Academy, Pete, Tom and Jon live and breathe everything about this club and each of them receiving a two-year deal is a worthy reward for their hard work, character and determination to become the best players possible.”

McKay (18) has been prominent for the Bears this season by keeping wicket in the majority of limited overs matches and made his LV= County Championship debut recently against Nottinghamshire. He joined the Bears at Under 10s age group and has been playing club cricket for Walmley for several seasons.

Left-hand bat Lewis (22) is a former MCC Young Cricketer and was part of Warwickshire’s Under 13s side that won the ECB National Championship at Under 13s level in 2004; a year when he also won the National Club Championship with Leamington Spa Cricket Club with fellow Bear Paul Best.

Webb (21) is a right-handed batsman who joined Warwickshire at Academy level after previously representing Worcestershire whilst attending Bromsgrove School. He’s now a prominent member of Dorridge Cricket Club and will link up with the senior squad next season once his university studies have completed in Leeds.

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