Best snapped up on month’s loan by Northants

Warwickshire have loaned out slow left-armer Paul Best to Midlands neighbours Northamptonshire for an initial one-month period.

The 20-year-old former England Under-19 international has been recruited by Northamptonshire to strengthen their spin department and has gone straight into their side for the current County Championship match against Glamorgan at Swansea.

Best, who is on a summer contract with Warwickshire, recently completed his first year at Cambridge University and has been loaned out to gain first team experience.

The former Bablake School pupil made his Championship debut against Durham at the Riverside in April when he was called up from university, but he has since dropped down the pecking order at Edgbaston behind Chris Metters and the fit-again Ant Botha.

Botha was sidelined for almost two months by a knee injury and Metters took his chance, while Best was back at university, by taking six wickets on his debut against Worcestershire at Edgbaston in May.

Best played four first-class matches for Cambridge University earlier this season including last month’s Varsity Match when he won his first Blue.

Best, who returned to Warwickshire action in a second team match against Worcestershire last week, is one of eleven players who are out of contract at Edgbaston at the end of the season.

Northamptonshire have taken Best on loan in preference to their own slow left-armer Tom Brett who has struggled for form this season.

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