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Surrey Academy players Nathan Barnwell and Tom Lawes have signed rookie contracts with the Club and will be part of the professional squad until at least the end of the 2022 season.

Both players have been part of the Club’s performance pathway since under-9 level, progressing right through to 2nd XI cricket in 2021.

18-year-old Barnwell, a Caterham School graduate, was a regular for Surrey U18s, played four ODIs for England U19s, featured for London & East in the ECB Super 4s and made three appearances for Surrey’s 2nd XI in the 2021 season.

Often taking the new ball, the Banstead CC seamer is capable of bowling at high pace and has developed as a lower order finisher with the bat in white-ball fixtures.

Lawes, also 18, is a powerful middle order batter, a skilful fast-medium bowler and considered one of the most athletic fielders in the academy. The all-rounder attended Cranleigh School and plays Surrey Championship cricket for Cranleigh CC.

Injury issues prevented him from featuring for much of this year’s U18 match programme but he did make seven appearances for Surrey’s 2nd XI in the early period of the season.

The pair will report for winter training at The Kia Oval alongside the rest of the professional squad next month.

Speaking on the signing of both Barnwell & Lawes, Director of Cricket Alec Stewart said: “I am pleased Nathan & Tom have agreed rookie contracts with the Club. We have followed their progress in the academy and performance pathway and have been impressed with how they’re maturing and developing as cricketers.

“I look forward to seeing how they progress over the coming months while working closely with the rest of the first team squad and our coaches.”