County Championship only. First division only.
We’re also lumping them all together in one post this year, because multiple posts feels like quite a big commitment.
Adam Lyth, Yorkshire
Our reasons for picking batsmen to watch are invariably the same: they’re young and we’ve got a general sense that they score runs when other people don’t, even though we haven’t really looked into it properly.
James Hildreth, Somerset
Hildreth is a rare exception. He just scores a lot of runs.
Ben Stokes, Durham
See Adam Lyth to a greater degree, but with less evidence.
Adil Rashid, Yorkshire
We watch him every year. We reckon he could take one million wickets this year. Probably no more than that though.
Paul Horton, Lancashire
We had him as one to watch in both 2009 and 2010, so we’re sticking with him through thin-and-thin. He also averaged 70 for Matabeleland Tuskers over the winter and we enjoyed writing the start of this sentence, whatever it meant.
Oliver Newby, Lancashire
This has ball-all to do with cricket and everything to do with the fact that we just fundamentally like Oliver Newby. He hasn’t got broken legs this year and we are hoping we can spur him to great feats through sheer force of will.