Craig Miles and Matt Taylor have signed new contracts with Gloucestershire CCC

GLOUCESTERSHIRE have secured two more talented young players on new contracts.

Craig Miles has pledged his future to the club by signing a new two-year deal, while Matt Taylor has been awarded a one-year scholarship with a two-year professional contract to follow.

Miles, an 18-year-old all-rounder, from Swindon, has just completed his studies at Filton College and will join the staff on a full-time basis. He become the fourth youngest player to represent Gloucestershire in a first class game when he made his LV=County Championship debut at the age of 16 against Northamptonshire at Bristol last year.

Miles also featured in two Clydesdale Bank 40 games while still at college.

Taylor, whose brother Jack is already a member of the senior squad, took his A-levels this summer and is now looking to concentrate fully on developing his cricket.

The 18-year-old left-arm seam bowler made two CB40 appearances during the 2011 season against Nottinghamshire and Essex.

Gloucestershire academy director Owen Dawkins said: “Craig Miles played his first second XI game for us at the age of 14. “He has developed well as a bowling all-rounder and will spend this winter working with our strength and conditioning coach Chris Bodman.

“Matt Taylor has the ability to bowl a nagging line and length while moving the ball around. “He has also been with us a number of years and it is great to see so many young players graduating from the Academy to the professional ranks.”

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