By Josh Bartholomew
1st XI all-rounder, Blake Cullen, has secured a Middlesex academy contract. After making his debut for Middlesex’s 2nd XI as an U15 in 2017, Cullen has made 21 2nd XI appearances across all formats.
It marks the end of a successful spell for Cullen – after appearing in England U19s’ tri-series against India and Bangladesh over the summer, he travelled to South Africa to compete in the U19 World Cup last month.
Cullen said: “I’m absolutely thrilled at becoming a Middlesex Cricket professional and am very thankful and honoured to have the opportunity. I owe much to the brilliant coaches that I have been lucky enough to work with over the years.
“I’m still developing my game and am really looking forward to learning in a professional environment and to drawing on the experiences of the senior players.
“I very much hope to be making a valuable contribution to the club in the near future.”
Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s Managing Director of Cricket, added:
“We have been aware of and excited by Blake’s potential for quite some time. He may only be 17 but he bowls like a grown man, which is characteristic you don’t see in many teenagers. Blake is tall, aggressive and has a good, strong, easy to repeat bowling action, assets which could quickly see him competing for a place in our 1st XI.
“He is an intelligent young man too, and this contract, which I hope will be the first of many he has with Middlesex, will see him through his time at University.”