Basil D’Oliveira’s grandson wins contract at New Road

The name D’Oliveira will be back in Worcestershire’s first team squad next season.

Leg-spinner Brett D’Oliveira, grandson of former England all-rounder Basil and son of Damian, a former Worcestershire all-rounder who is now the county’s Second XI and academy coach, has signed a one-year contract with the New Road club.

D’Oliveira, 19, is a product of Worcestershire’s academy system and has been on a summer contract this year.

Seamer Nick Harrison, who made his senior debut in the recent Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Derbyshire, will join D’Oliveira on the senior staff next season having graduated from a summer contract to a one-year deal.

Harrison, 19, claimed his first senior wicket in last Sunday’s CB40 defeat by Holland and also took two five wicket hauls in recent Second XI matches against Northamptonshire.

“The two young lads are products of our Academy who have taken well to life as professional cricketers in 2011,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

“Becoming full professionals is in response to the improvement both players have made during their scholarship year, both on the field with their cricket and their preparation off it. We look forward to welcoming them on the full professional staff.”

D’Oliveira and Harrison are the latest products of Worcestershire’s academy system to progress to the senior squad following the likes of current captain Daryl Mitchell, Ben Cox, Aneesh Kapil, Matt Pardoe and Richard Jones.

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