Full name Mason Sidney Crane
Born February 18, 1997, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex
Current age 20 years 160 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Hampshire Cricket Academy, Hampshire Under-16s, Hampshire Under-17s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|T20I debut||England v South Africa at Southampton, Jun 21, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v South Africa at Cardiff, Jun 25, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Durham at Southampton, Jul 19-22, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval, Jul 3-6, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval, May 14, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton, Jul 10, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford, Jul 21, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3, 0/22||Hampshire||v Essex||Chelmsford||21 Jul 2017||T20|
|3*, 1/19||Hampshire||v Sussex||Southampton||20 Jul 2017||T20|
|3/15||Hampshire||v Middlesex||Southampton||14 Jul 2017||T20|
|2/24||Hampshire||v Sussex||Hove||12 Jul 2017||T20|
|1/26||Hampshire||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||7 Jul 2017||T20|
|1/161, 0/61||Hampshire||v Surrey||The Oval||3 Jul 2017||FC|
|0/89||Eng Lions||v South Africa||Worcester||29 Jun 2017||FC|
|1/38||England||v South Africa||Cardiff||25 Jun 2017||T20I # 616|
|0/24||England||v South Africa||Southampton||21 Jun 2017||T20I # 614|
|0/90, 0, 0/25, 0||Hampshire||v Sth Africa A||Southampton||8 Jun 2017||FC|
As an eight-year-old only child watching the 2005 Ashes series, Mason Crane was inspired by the bewitching displays of Shane Warne. From that moment he wanted to be a legspinner. When his home county, Sussex, left him out of their Under-14 squad he was bereft - for many a lad that would be the end of the story - but he was fortunate enough to be a pupil at Lancing College whose cricket master, Raj Maru, was a former Hampshire left-arm spinner and involved with the county academy. With the help of Maru and the Hampshire academy spin coach, Darren Flint, he soon won England call-ups at England U-17 and U-19 level.
Crane made his Hampshire 1st XI debut against Surrey at the Ageas Bowl and took 2 for 35 as he dismissed Kumar Sangakkara - quite a first wicket - with a rank full toss and Vikram Solanki, stumped in more orthodox fashion. The last of Flint's 34 first-class wickets for Hampshire had been Solanki, a neat coincidence. A few weeks later, Crane became the youngest Hampshire player to take a five-wicket haul in the Championship.
Crane's second season was harder going, although only Ryan McLaren took more than his 31 Championship wickets. He was hardly used in the T20 Blast but had long, career-forming bowls in the Royal London Cup. A winter was planned with the former Australia legspinner Stuart MacGill in Sydney.
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