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Teenage student in line for Northants debut

Teenage student David Murphy could be thrust into action today due to Northants' wicketkeeper shortage.

Niall O'Brien is currently performing well in a successful Ireland side at the ICC World Twenty20 and is unavailable for the visit of Surrey.

And the County's preparations have been hampered by Riki Wessels – O'Brien's understudy as gloveman – suffering from gastric flu.

It leaves Murphy – who is on a summer contract – in line to make his first-class debut for the return to LV County Championship action against Mark Ramprakash, Mark Butcher, Andre Nel and co.

It would mean a rapid rise for the 19-year-old, who is currently in his first year of studies at Loughborough University. But he received an early vote of confidence from County coach David Capel.

"He wouldn't be on the staff if we didn't think he could do a job and had potential," he said.

"He has done a few things in league cricket and with the Second XI and, if he gets his chance, it's another cracking opportunity for one of our younger cricketers to make an impact in the first-class game."

 
 
 

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