Stephen Eskinazi: Middlesex youngster given full-time deal

Stephen Eskinazi
Eskinazi has scored more than 2,100 runs for Middlesex's Second XI

Middlesex have given Stephen Eskinazi a one-year contract after he impressed for their second eleven.

The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has spent the last two years at Lord's on a cricket scholarship.

He has been the top run scorer in Middlesex's second team in both seasons and has also completed almost 100 catches and stumpings.

"He is a very dedicated and motivated young man," managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said.

South Africa-born Eskinazi joined Middlesex following a spell with Western Australia Under-17s.

"It has been very satisfying to see Stephen continue to develop and make progress as a cricketer," Fraser added.

"If he continues to improve it will not be long before he is putting first team players under pressure for their positions."