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Tom Loten gave Yorkshire supporters a glimpse of the future with a first-class debut half-century right at the end of 2019.
A tall 22-year-old batting all-rounder from York, Loten – he was 21 at the time – hit an eye-catching 58 from number three in the order during a heavily rain-affected County Championship draw against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, a fixture which brought down the curtain on the summer.
Earlier in the season, he had made his List A debut in a Royal London one-day Cup clash with Durham at Emerald Headingley, another fixture which rain ruined as he did not bowl or bat in that clash.
Loten then played twice in the 2020 Bob Willis Trophy, though was unable to contribute significantly. He will hope, following a productive winter in the Headingley nets, that 2021 bears more fruit.
He played age-group cricket for Yorkshire Under 13s, 14s and 15s before representing the Academy. He then also played Under 17s county cricket.
Loten, in the region of 6ft 5/6 inches tall, is a top order (right-hand) batsman and a (right-arm) seamer who played his league cricket for Dunnington prior to representing the White Rose’s Academy in Premier League cricket.
He made his second-team debut in a Roses friendly in early 2017, playing alongside the likes of David Willey, Jonny Tattersall and Matthew Fisher.
His standout innings in the second team remains a 131 in a Championship draw against Worcestershire at Harrogate in August 2018 when he batted at three.
His 2019 summer was disrupted by injury, including a broken finger, but he prepared for 2020 with a winter of first grade cricket in Melbourne for the Prahran club. Unfortunately, Coronavirus prevented him from doing similar ahead of 2021.