NORTH Devon CC quick bowler Tom Allin has put pen to paper on a two-year summer contract with Warwickshire. Allin, 20, is the first signing made by Warwickshire's Ashley Giles, the ex-England spinner and Ashes winner, who was recently appointed director o

NORTH Devon CC quick bowler Tom Allin has put pen to paper on a two-year summer contract with Warwickshire.Allin, 20, is the first signing made by Warwickshire's Ashley Giles, the ex-England spinner and Ashes winner, who was recently appointed director of cricket at Edgbaston.Warwickshire spotted Allin through the University Cricket Centres of Excellence programme, which is designed to highlight young talent at an early stage. Allin is at the Cardiff UCCE, where he is studying sports coaching and management.Dad Tony, a former First Class cricketer with Glamorgan, said the contract offer came out of the blue."The first we knew about it was early last week when one of the coaches at Cardiff said Warwickshire were interested ," said Allin senior. "As Allan Donald is the bowling coach at Warwickshire, there is no better person to learn from.Tom started out as youngster with Bideford CC and by nine years old was playing in the Devon U11 side. He learned a lot in his early days from Andy Davies and the coaching team at Bideford.In search for more challenging cricket, Allin left Devon B Division side Bideford for the 2006 season and joined near neighbours North Devon. Last season, Allin's 33 wickets helped his new club win the league's Premier Division for the first time.Last season he played in four of Devon's five Minor Counties Championship games.Sadly, Allin's contract with Warwickshire means North Devon probably won't see him in the Devon League Premier Division this season."Warwickshire like their contracted players close by to keep an eye on the and I imagine they will fix him up with a club in the Birmingham League, which is one of the strongest in the country," said Tony.