Eppleton have snapped up Paul Coughlin for the 2016 season.
Sunderland-born Coughlin played all of his junior cricket at the Church Road club before joining Durham Academy and progressing to first-class cricket at the Emirates ICG.
Eppleton’s director of cricket, John Smithson, said: “It’s great to have Paul back with us in our first season as an NEPL Premier Division club and we look forward to him joining us for 2016.”
The 23-year-old former St Robert of Newminster pupil bowls right-arm medium fast and bats right-handed.
In first-class cricket, he has scored 469 runs at an average of 26.02, with three half-centuries, including a best innings of 85 against Lancashire in 2014.
He enjoyed his greatest day with the ball this year, humbling Somerset with a haul of 4-10 at Chester-le-Street in June, steering Durham to a storming 120-run success after they were almost 40 runs behind after the first innings. In all, he has 29 first-class wickets at an average of 28.62.
Eppleton’s season starts at the Emirates when they tackle Durham Academy on the opening day of the campaign on Saturday, April 16.
Coughlin has previously played in the North East Premier League’s Premier Division, turning out for Whitburn (in 2014) and South Northumberland (in 2012).
He averaged 37 with the bat for Whitburn, scoring 297 runs in 12 nine innings, with a best of 98 against Blaydon. He took four wickets for 158 in 59 overs of bowling, with a best of 3-21 against Stockton.
At South North in 2012, when he was still a teenager, he hit 352 runs in 18 innings, averaging 19.56, with a best knock of 84 against South Shields. He also grabbed 34 wickets for the loss of 414 runs, averaging 12.18, with a best haul of 4-39 at Tynemouth, and made his first-class Durham debut against Australia A late that season.