YOUNG cricket stars have moved a step closer to a summer tour of Suffolk and full county honours.
The quartet from King’s School were selected to play in the Under-12 Northumberland County Development Squad trial match at Kirkley CC.
Ben Sidney-Wilmot, from Tynemouth, has been practising with the squad throughout the season, despite an injury earlier in the year, and he was joined by Owen Gourley, from Shiremoor, Ajay Singh, from Washington, and Luis Smith, from Fenham.
The boys are part of King’s successful Under-12 team who have won four of their five matches this term.
King’s cricketers of all ages regularly step up to the crease for county honours but this is the highest number of county selections from a single year group for more than five years at the school.
King’s master in charge of cricket Philip Nicholson said: “It’s great to see talent and commitment being rewarded.
“The boys’ attitude to practice has been excellent both during our winter school indoor net sessions and since the season began.
“Luis is an off-spin bowling all-rounder who is a super fielder too. Owen and Ajay make a formidable opening bowling attack.
“Ajay adds variety as he is a left-armer, whilst Owen bowls a consistent line and length. Both have the frames to develop into excellent new ball bowlers.
“All three are fine schoolboy players with real potential. Ben is a talented and dedicated cricketer too.
“Even though he has missed the whole season so far due to injury, he remains on the radar after practising all winter with the squad.
“We will be keeping a close eye on their progress and are look forward to helping them make the most of their potential over the next few years.”