Zimbabwe: Zim Teen Sensation Signs for Notts County Cricket

Senior Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE Under-19 wicket-keeper/batsman Dane Schadendorf has landed his first professional contract after agreeing to a two-year contract with British County Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire.

The 18-year-old’s first professional deal will see him link-up with the Green and Golds for the next two seasons.

Schadendorf has made 10 appearances for the Zimbabwe Under-19s. However, as a British passport holder, he has opted to commit to the English game as a domestic cricketer. The right-hander represented Caythorpe in last season’s Nottinghamshire Premier League, as well as featuring in friendly matches for the county’s Second XI.

“As soon as I walked into Trent Bridge for the first time, I could imagine how special it must be to play with a full house in here,” he said.

“That first day in training with the lads was just an unreal experience.

“My game is probably more suited to white-ball cricket at the moment, but I’m working really hard on my red-ball game, and I think I’m getting better.

“My aims for the next year or so are just to get off to a good start here, score as many runs as I can, and try to stake my claim for a place in the first team.”

Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell was excited by the arrival of the Zimbabwean prodigy.

Schadendorf was part of the Zimbabwe team at the ICC Under-19 World Cup squad in South Africa earlier this year.

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