Dillon Pennington and Adam Finch will fly out to New Zealand tomorrow (Tuesday) to begin their preparations for the ICC Under-19s World Cup.

The Worcestershire pace duo are part of a 15 strong England squad who will be bidding for glory during the next month.

Pennington and Finch were members of the Young Lions squad which took part in a training camp during the first part of the winter and a Tri-Series against South Africa and Namibia in Potchefstroom.

They are both part of Worcestershire’s 2017-2018 Academy intake under coach Elliot Wilson.

England reached the final of the Tri-Series with a 100 per cent record before narrowly losing to the Proteas.

Pennington was part of the County’s satellite academy at Shropshire for two years working with former Worcestershire player Paul Pridgeon.

He joined the Academy half-way through 2015-2016 and was then included as part of the 2016-2017 and now 2017-2018 intake.

The six feet, five inches tall Pennington plays Birmingham League cricket for Shrewsbury.

He made his Seconds debut in the three-day friendly with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College earlier this summer.

Finch, in his second year with the Academy, made his England Under-19s debut this summer and played in two ODIs against India.

He took his first five wicket haul for the Seconds against a powerful Yorkshire side at RGS Worcester.

Finch won the The Damian D’Oliveira Academy Player Of The Year Award.

Harry Brook of Yorkshire has been appointed captain of the England squad.

Worcestershire chairman Stephen Taylor said: “I’m sure Dillon and Adam will be excited about what lies ahead and we wish them well.

“It can only enhance them as players with their development being part of the England squad for such a major tournament.

“They follow on from Ed Barnard and Joe Clarke, who played in the 2014 World Cup, and we hope they end up having the same success.”


Warm-up matches

9 January – Ireland (Christchurch)

11 January – Sri Lanka (Lincoln)


World Cup group matches

15 January – Namibia (Queenstown)

18 January – Bangladesh (Queenstown)

20 January – Canada (Queenstown)