Bright Future for Young Cricketer
First XI cricketer Josh Smith capped a memorable season with a strong performance at the England Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) Bunbury Festival.
First XI cricketer Josh Smith capped a memorable season with a strong performance at the England Schools Cricket Association Bunbury Festival this summer. The Fifth Former, representing London & East, scored the second highest number of runs for his team, including a 53 not out off 31 balls.
The annual Festival sees the most talented U15 players nationally compete over five days of cricket for their regions - North, Midlands, South & West, London & East - in three 50 over and two T20 games. Over the years, 308 Bunbury players have gone on to play First Class cricket, with 62 achieving the ultimate honour of representing England.
As well as playing for the School team Josh, 15, plays for Waresley CC and is a member of Huntingdonshire’s Emerging Player Programme (EPP) – representing the county in both the U15 and U17 squads. In addition, this July he became the youngest player ever to represent the county at senior level, helping Hunts to a 69-run victory over the RAF at Eaton Socon.
Our Director of Sport, Mr Matthew Gilbert, said: "Josh is a highly talented and mature young cricketer who, alongside some extremely exciting representative honours this summer, was able to feature in Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack 2015 for both batting and bowling; a rare achievement for someone so young and in his debut season for Kimbolton 1st XI. I anticipate a bright future and we are proud to be able to support him with his development."
Josh has been offered a full winter training programme with Northants Cricket Academy and EPP players which starts at the end of October.