Warwickshire have signed teenage batting prospect Sam Hain on a two-year contract though he will not join the county until the end of the forthcoming season.
Hain, 16, is completing his studies at the Southport School on Australia’s Gold Coast before turning his attention to cricket and will join Warwickshire full time for the 2013 season.
Hain was born in Hong Kong but has a British passport and has been on a scholarship at Loretto School where former Warwickshire captain Michael Powell is now coaching.
Powell recommended Hain to his former county and the youngster made his second team debut as a 14-year-old against Leicestershire at Coventry two years ago.
Hain played Birmingham League cricket for Harborne last summer and also helped Warwickshire to win the Second XI Championship.
His performances were recognised with the presentation of the Tiger Smith Award for Most Promising Young Cricketer at Warwickshire’s annual meeting at Edgbaston on February 22.
Varun Chopra (Batting), Boyd Rankin (Bowler) took the senior awards with Chris Woakes and Rikki Clarke sharing the all-rounder’s award.
Clarke also received a special award in recognition of the world record-equalling eight catches he took in an innings against Lancashire at Liverpool. Slow left-armer Chris Metters took the Most Improved Second XI Player prize.