A YOUNG cricketer with a talent in front and behind the stumps has been selected to attend national trials.
King’s School under-13’s star Alisdair Appleby, from Ponteland, has been selected by the English Cricket Board to attend national trials at the ECB Centre for Excellence at Loughborough University in Leicestershire from September 9 to 12.
Alisdair, who also plays for Benwell Hill Cricket Club and Northumberland County under-13 teams, was recommended as a player of particular potential by Northumberland CCC coach Dan Shurben.
The 13-year-old, pictured, said: “I’m really happy because this is another step toward my dream of playing for England.
“My grandparents bought my first bat when I was three and I’ve been hooked ever since.
“I like the attacking batsmen like Ben Stokes (Durham CCC all-rounder) and I hope to keep my skills sharp over the summer in readiness for the trials.
“So I’m aiming for a bucketful of runs for my school, Benwell Hill and the county.”
King’s master in charge of cricket, Phil Nicholson, who played for MCC schools in 1992 and has captained Northumberland CCC, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any young player but especially for Alisdair who works so hard.
“He’s a stylish left handed batsman and a strong wicketkeeper too.
“This season he has scored more than 150 at an average of nearly 40 for King’s, which is impressive for his age.
“He fully deserves this recognition.”
King’s headmaster Ed Wesson, who is a playing member of the MCC, added: “At King’s we encourage our boys and girls to develop all their talents and abilities to the full.
“We are all delighted to see Alisdair scaling the cricket heights and maintaining King’s School’s strong profile of sporting success at national level.”