This talented young fast medium bowler was discovered on Mike Gatting's MCC tour of Afghanistan in 2005. He was the pick of the MCC bowling attack against Europe, which included former county stalwarts Paul Hutchison and James Hamblin, taking the key wicket of danger man Jeremy Bray.
Mohammad Nabi (MCC)
This hard-hitting batsman was another find of the MCC Afghanistan tour. His 43 against Sri-Lanka A in Arundel was the top score for the MCC. He has scored 51 runs in three innings for the MCC Young Cricketers. Still a little wet behind the ears at this level but proof there is talent bubbling outside the world cup associates.
Amjad Khan (Kent)
The classy Danish fast medium bowler has been ruled out of the 2007 season after he required an operation for a persistent injury. There were signs in 2006 that he was beginning to fulfil his potential with a call up to the England A squad. However, due to injury he never played meaning he is still technically eligible to play for Denmark.
Freddie Klokker (Derbyshire)
After making a surprise 1st Class debut for Warwickshire last season this technically accomplished keeper-batsman made his maiden first class century this season for Derbyshire against the Cambridge students. He now boasts a first class average of 140 and also has the honour of being the first Dane to have hit a first class century. However, his form in the second XI has been modest making only 84 in five innings. His 47 for Europe in difficult circumstances was an assured knock but he has failed to register a half century in four outings for his country, two each against Netherlands A and Ireland A. You would expect more from his in these fixtures. Is on the cusp of a county contract but needs a strong August and September.
Johan Malcolm-Hansen (Kent)
An off-spinning all-rounder Johan has been a fixture in the Kent second XI for several seasons without pushing on to claim a first team debut. He has now enrolled as a student at Loughborough and made his 1st class debut against Yorkshire. He was hit for 28 off four overs but made a creditable 30 opening the innings. He followed this up with 60 against Cardiff UCCE and registered another half century for Kent 2nd XI against Middlesex. He has taken four wickets in six matches, his best being 2-136.
Michael Pederson (MCC YC)
The brother of the Danish captain, Carsten, this dedicated cricketer has spent several years on the MCC Young Cricketers staff. He has not been in good form with the bat averaging less than 20 in the second XI championship. His best figures for the season for his off-spin are 2-55. His progress appears to have stagnated. Denmark will need him to improve if they are to provide a sterner challenge in the European first division and the World Cricket League.
Ed Joyce (Middlesex)
After playing a key role in getting Ireland to the World Cup with high scoring heroics at the ICC Trophy in 2005, Joyce traded Ireland for England. However, with the exception of a solitary century, against Australia in the commonwealth bank series, he has been disappointing in England colours. He must have been a little embarrassed only to make a single run against his countrymen in the World Cup before edging behind off Boyd Rankin. Having lost his place in the England one day team, to county colleague Owais Shah, he is key to make a first class century this season. He is currently averaging 38.55 from 7 matches. However he was started well in the pro 40 league with two half centuries in three matches. If his desertion to England is to be vindicated he needs to earn that elusive England test cap. At the moment he is a little way down the pecking order.
Gary Kidd (MCC YC)
The young Irish spinner has played a single game for the MCC Young Cricketers taking 2-85 off 22 overs against Northamptonshire. He was selected for Ireland for the quadrangular tournament and the tour of Denmark. Although capable of bowling steady spells he has not yet shown the capacity to run through a side, even on a turning pitch.
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Morgan has become something of a one-day specialist at Middlesex playing in the Friends Provident Campaign, Twenty 20 cup and the pro 40 league. He starred with a century against Essex in the Friends Provident and has made several half centuries. However, his chances in the county championship have been limited by the emergence of 17 year old Billy Goldleman. In two second XI championship games he has made 70 and 35. For his country he made 84 in the intercontinental cup victory over Canada a bizarrely becalmed 51 against the Netherlands in the Quadrangular tournament. If his countryman Joyce finds his way into the test squad he is the likely beneficiary for elevation to first team honours.
William Porterfield (Gloucestershire)
After starring with several one day international hundreds for his country there were expectations for a county contract not least from World Cup commentator Colin Croft. His season has been interrupted with injury but he did make a half century for Gloucestershire 2nd XI in a trial. He also turned out for the MCC against the West Indies where he made 21.
Niall O'Brien (Northamptonshire)
Having found his chances at Kent limited by the return from international duty of Geraint Jones the wicket-keeper made the switch to Northamptonshire. Several aggressive half centuries in the World Cup augured well for the county season but in truth O'Brien hasn't capitalised as he may have done. His 49 not out against Derbyshire was his only score over 10 in the championship. He didn't get many opportunities to bat in the Friends Provident trophy but did return for a memorable half century in an ODI against India. He has now lost his place in the county to Rikki Wessels, son of former Australia and South Africa batsman Keplar. He did however respond well to this set back with a score of 83 in the second XI championship against Middlesex.
Boyd Rankin (Derbyshire)
His performances as a strike bowler in the World Cup saw many predict that the tall, rangy farmer would trouble batsman on the county circuit with his pace and bounce. He looked promising in May with two wickets in his first game and 4-80 in an innings against Middlesex. He has not been fit to play since late May with an injury.
Gary Wilson (Surrey)
As an understudy to the ever reliable Jon Batty at Surrey the wicket-keeper batsman has had to earn his stripes for the second XI. He has batted commendably averaging a shade under 30 with a top score of 85*. He has fared less well in the one day trophy but is still averaging over 20. He also made his ODI debut, against India scoring 13.
Ragheb Aga (Surrey)
Not since Collins Obuya's ill-fated stint with Warwickshire after the 2003 World Cup has a Kenyan been a regular feature of a county season. However, this medium fast bowler has been a consistent if not destructive bowler for both Sussex and Surrey in the last two years. This year he has played once for Surrey and twelve times for Sussex. His best figures are 5-33 and overall he is averaging 33 a wicket. He has not featured for Kenya since October 2005.
Hitesh Modi (MCC)
Veteran Kenyan middle order batsman played for the MCC against Europe but looked rusty and out of his depth making only a single run. His place in the Kenyan team has been taken by the promising Tanmay Mishra.
Arul Suppiah (Somerset)
After playing in eleven county championship games in 2006 the pugnacious middle order batsman will have been disappointed to have lost his place in the Somerset first team this season. In his sole first class outing, against the students of Loughborough, he made 51 and 41* giving him an impressive season average of 92. However, he is vying for places with talented strokemakers such as Neil Edwards, John Francis and James Hildreth. But it is the rejuvenation of Marcus Trescothick which has probably kept him out of contention. Only weight of runs would force the coaches hand but he is only made one half century in four second XI games. His tidy spin bowling is an another feather in his cap in the shorter form of the game but again his scoring has been modest. He will be looking for a prolific second half of the season and a another chance to shine in the first team.
Alex Kervezee (Worcestershire)
The young Namibian-born Dutch international has found the transition to county cricket difficult. In truth the rain affected season, particularly in flooded Worcestershire, has not helped. He has batted twice with a highest score of 19, opening the innings. His record so far in the Second Eleven Trophy is modest with an average of under 6. Several outings in national colours has seen him look composed and unruffled but not in prolific scoring form. He did however have the consolation of a wicket in the Intercontinental Cup against Scotland.
Ryan Ten Doeschate (Essex)
The stocky all-rounder has become a key member of Essex's team with destructive batting and a growing reputation as a partnership breaker. He has featured in all of their county championship fixtures averaging a shade under 40 with two centuries and taking six wickets. He had a disappointing Friends Provident campaign averaging only 16 although he did claim a five wicket haul. It is fair to say that his presence has a galvanising effect when he is free to play in orange as he is a genuine match winner with bat and ball at associate level.
Kyle Coetzer (Durham)
Highly promising as a teenager this middle order batsman had endured several low key seasons. However, 2007 has proven to be his breakthrough year commanding a regular spot in the Durham middle order. Consistent selection bred consistency and Coetzer followed a fluent half century against Surrey in the Pro 40 with his maiden county championship hundred against Warwickshire at Chester-Le-Street. He is averaging over 50 so far this season.
Alan Duncan (MCC)
This young Scot found himself called up as a late replacement for Chris Cairns to play against some of his countrymen in the Europe. While not providing the dynamism of the former Kiwi all-rounder he played with increasing assurance for 40 not out in his highest profile match to date. After trials with Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Durham several years ago Duncan had been playing in the minor county championship for Buckinghamshire, making his List A debut against Lancashire in the Cheltenham and Gloucester trophy 2005.
Navdeep Poonia (Warwickshire)
He came into the international arena as a highly promising stroke maker, oozing class. However, he endured a torrid World Cup where he lost his wicket before demonstrating any of his undoubted ability. Currently the looseness in his technique is undermining and overshadowing his flair. His form for the Warwickshire 2nd XI has been good averaging a shade over 50 with a top score of 149. However, so far he has not been given a game for the first team. His score of 40 against the West Indies in inclement conditions suggests he has what it takes for the highest level if he can tighten up his technique and leave big shots in the cupboard while he consolidates an innings.
Calum McLeod (Warwickshire)
The 18 year old from Glasgow has played four games for the Warwickshire 2nd XI this season. However, he has only scored 19 runs in 4 innings. He has also taken two wickets. He made his first class debut for Scotland against the UAE but did not have the opportunity to bat or bowl. However, youth is on his side and he has proved a crucial member of the Scotland Under 23 and Under 19 teams this season.
Moneeb Iqbal (Durham)
Another young Scot on the books at Durham. Despite making his 1st class debut for the county last year he has been restricted to 2nd Xi appearances this year. The bowling all-rounder has a highest score of 23* and best bowling of 3-86.