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29 September

Cricket Success for King’s Young Lions

Two young cricketers who were nurtured in the sport at King’s were recently selected to play for the England Young Lions ‘A’ Team in a two-day invitational game involving Under-15,16 and 17 players from all over the country.

Keeper-batter Seth E and bowling all-rounder Toby C are both members of the Worcestershire Academy Emerging Players Pathway and participated in the fixture at the National Performance Centre, Loughborough on September 23 and 24.

Both started their cricket careers at King’s St Alban’s Prep School and, while Seth continued into King’s Senior School and Toby moved to Malvern College, it’s wonderful that they are still playing together on the international stage.

Seth, a member of the 2022-2023 Academy intake, made his Worcestershire Seconds debut against the South Asian Cricket Academy this summer and plays his club cricket for Worcester Norton Cricket Club in the Worcestershire Cricket League.

Toby, a member of the Emerging Player Programme, has played for the Under-16s, Sub Academy and Under-18s, and is a member of Bredon Cricket Club, who also participate in the county league.

In the first of two matches against Young Lions ‘B’, Seth top-scored for the  ‘A’ Team. He went to the wicket at 2-1 and scored 44 off 47 balls, with one six and five fours. Young Lions ‘A’ were eventually bowled out for 195 in 42.2 overs.

In the second innings, Toby came on first change and bowled five tidy overs for 20 runs. Seth took one catch, but Young Lions ‘B’ triumphed by three wickets. In Game Two, Young Lions ‘A’ levelled the two-game series, winning by one wicket off the final ball.

Academy Coach, Elliot Wilson added, “We were delighted that Seth and Toby were selected among other outstanding Under-15 and Under-16 players from all over the country for the Young Lions Invitational XI game.

“The two of them have already done very well in their time with us at Worcestershire and have played some very good cricket; this selection at international level is exciting for us as well as them. They are very well thought of here at Worcestershire and clearly by people in the wider world of cricket, which is tremendous.”

King’s St Alban’s, Headmaster, Richard Chapman added, “It was wonderful to see ex-King’s St Alban’s pupils making their England Young Lions debut last weekend. What a fantastic opportunity for these two players and a great inspiration for our community. They will certainly inspire current and future King’s St Alban’s cricketers to train hard and set their sights high.”