SOUTH Wilts have beefed up their pace bowling attack for the upcoming season by signing Ealing’s Arthur Godsal, a first year student at Southampton Solent University, who played for England Under-19s in India last winter.

The 20-year old could make his competitive debut in Sunday’s scheduled ECB Royal London Cup tie against Goatacre, provided South Wilts are able to get the saturated Bemerton ground playable.

Godsal played regularly for Middlesex 2nd XI last season, having come through the club’s academy system, which he joined at 11 years of age.

“He swings the ball away and was quick all through the age groups,” said Middlesex head coach Richard Scott.

“Typically, he stopped growing in his late teens and everybody else caught him up. He had a knee injury last season, hence we didn’t sign him.”

Godsal, who made his Second XI Championship debut for Middlesex as a 15-year old in July 2013, made his England Under-19 Test debut in Nagpur and ODI debut in Mumbai.

“Arthur is easing back to full fitness, half pace bowling at the moment and, when the grass dries up, we might be able to get him off a full run up soon,” explained South Wilts skipper James Hibberd.

“He’s a handy bat as well and will be a very useful asset.”

South Wilts plan to play St Cross Symondians in a pre-season warm-up match at Bemerton on Saturday.