Duggan Makes Hampshire Academy
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The Academy provides a vital platform in which and from which promising young players from Hampshire and surrounding counties can grow and develop their skills.
They play in the Southern Electric Premier League with home matches being played on the Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground.
The Academy is run by Director Bobby Parks and is a vital part of the club and prides itself on spotting young talent, nurturing cricketing and life skills and, finally, producing some of the most exciting young cricketers in the country.
Former Academy players now making their name at the top level include Michael Bates, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood and James Vince and the Islands own Danny Briggs.
James Hibberd the Islands Head Coach said 'It is great news for Ben and Island cricket and we wish him the best. It is a great achievement and shows young Island cricketers that if you have the talent and determination you can reach the first rung of the professional ladder.