JACK Davies and Ethan Bamber, who both played for Berkshire during their double-winning season, have been named in the England Young Lions squad for a winter tour to South Africa.

Henley batman Davies, who has been involved with Berkshire since his under-9 days, scored an unbeaten century to lead the county to victory in the Unicorns Championship play-off against Lincolnshire at Banbury in August.

It was his first championship appearance, having been unable to play earlier due to his commitments with Middlesex 2s.

Fast bowler Bamber is also with Middlesex, who have close links with Berkshire following an official tie-up last year.

Another in the England Young Lions 18-man squad is Tom Scriven, who joined Hampshire after impressing in the Berkshire Emerging Player Programme.

He too began as an under-9 and at the age of 12 became the youngest player ever to be selected for Berkshire’s Emerging Players Programme. He was 15 when he joined the Hampshire Academy.

Tom Lambert, the Berkshire Performance Manager, said: “It’s more outstanding news for our county. We’re extremely proud to be involved in the careers of these very talented young players. It shows the high standards that are offered to young players in Berkshire.”

The Young Lions will be playing hosts South Africa and Namibia from November 23 to December 12 as they prepare for Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand starting on January 15.

LAMBERT has also selected the players for the 2017-18 Westcoast Berkshire Academy. They are: James Woodford (Finchampstead), James Bird (Falkland), James Rogers (Datchet), Will Legg (Henley), Tommie Predgen (Finchampstead), Sheriyar Ahmed (Falkland), Hamza Arif (Slough), Jarryad Wallace (Datchet), Archie Carter (Wokingham), Jack Winterbottom (Wokingham) and Michael Williams (Henley).

BERKSHIRE and Henley fast bowler Harry Jordan has signed for the Gloucestershire Academy, who have also extended the development contract of former Berkshire and Finchampstead paceman Callum Gregory.