Development of Excellence

The 2002 Test Match Special Young Cricketer of the Year award went to Philip Holdsworth. The 15 year-old all-rounder from Northallerton, Yorkshire (home club Bedale CC), was captain of the England Under 15 squad this summer which played games against Scotland U17, Holland U17 and Guyana U16. A middle-order left-handed batsman and right-arm seam bowler, he batted eight times and scored a total of 255 runs at an average of 42.5 with a top score of 76* against Guyana. With the ball he took 17 wickets at 12.8 and recorded best figures of 5-28 against Guyana. David Parsons, England Under 15 Coach, said, “What really stood out was his competitiveness and leadership of other players. His performances at critical times were very impressive, in particular his 76 not out against Guyana came at a stage when the team was 51 for 6 and we were under real pressure.” The Test Match Special Young Cricketer of the Year Award was introduced in 2000 as part of the ECB’s five-year broadcast agreement with BBC Radio. The 2000 winner was Samit Patel from Nottinghamshire and last year’s award was given to Adam Harrison of Glamorgan.

Thanks to increased funding from the Brian Johnston Memorial trust, three promising young wrist spinners were selected to go to Australia in order to spend two weeks of intensive leg-spin training with former Australian Test ‘leggie’ Terry Jenner. Michael Munday, 17, from Cornwall, 19 year old Liam Crilley from Lancashire and Andy Ward, 16, from Middlesex were all chosen by Jenner while coaching in the UK this summer as part of the ECB’s Wrist Spin Development programme.

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