George Balderson is a top order batsman and a right arm seamer who made his First-Class debut in the Bob Willis Trophy match against Leicestershire at the start of 2020.
A regular for England under-19s, Balderson captained them in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup during the winter of 2019, after which Head Coach Jon Lewis spoke of his desire to see his skipper push for a regular spot in Lancashire's First XI.
During the 2021 season, all-rounder Balderson’s form in the Royal London Cup earned him a place in Glen Chapple’s side for the County Championship title run-in, promoted to open the batting following injury to Keaton Jennings.
Balderson scored a First-Class career best 77 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, before taking five wickets in the nail-biting win over Hampshire at Liverpool.
The 21-year-old ended the season with another half-century in the Bob Willis Trophy against Warwickshire at Lord’s.
The left handed all-rounder plays club cricket for Hyde Cricket Club, his local side, and put pen to paper on his first pro contract with Lancashire in 2018 and signed an extension in early 2022 for another three seasons with the Club.
In his early career, Balderson made four appearances for the Red Rose in the Second XI Championship in 2018 and featured in both games at the victorious Second XI T20 Finals Day.
He was then named in the England Young Lions squad for winter training camps in the UK and for the tour of Bangladesh, in which he opened the batting in both Test matches.
The 18 year-old has also captained the North in the ECB Super 4s, a competition for the most talented young players in the country.