JACK Morley is hoping that the next phase of his blossoming career will result in another step up the cricketing ladder.
The 15-year-old Heywood protégé came through his Bunbury Festival experience with flying colours, and now waits to see if he will be picked in a joint North/Midlands team to take on London East/South West in a three-day game at Loughborough in August, the date yet to be fixed.
Following that, a Bunbury 12 will play an MCC side – managed by former Heywood favourite Steve Kirby – at Lord’s.
And the ultimate could be a place in a select Under-15 squad of 14 players to undergo a week’s tour of Sri Lanka around Easter in 2017.
In the opening meaningful Bunbury match at Radley College in Oxfordshire, Jack made 14 with the bat and took 2-35 in 10 overs as the North made 196 in reply to 258-8 by South and West.
And in the final game, the North made 219-6 with Jack’s 52 the quickest half-century of the Festival to earn an award at the Gala Dinner – even though London East replied with 221-7 for victory.
Jack reflects: “Wow! What a week. My expectations where surpassed with regards to the venue. What an amazing place Radley College is.
“Arriving on the Sunday through to leaving on the following Friday was an experience that I will never forget, and the new friends that I met along the way will remain friends forever.
“The cricket that was on show was of a very high standard played in the true spirit of the game from ball one through to the final delivery of the week.
“Monday started with the Cap presentations for players from all regions, with former England batsman James Taylor doing the honours, followed by a short speech by patron David English before getting into the cricket.
“Going through the week I had a couple of high points on the field, a bowling return of 10-2-11-1 and a score of 52 batting at No 6, for which I received one of the major awards for the fastest half-century during the Bunbury Festival at the Gala Dinner on Thursday evening.
“It was a truly amazing experience and one that I will never forget. Now I’m hoping that it will lead to further selection for the three-day fixture being played at Loughborough at some point in August. Fingers crossed!”
HIGHLIGHTS of games at the Bunbury Festival can be found on the ‘Vimeo’ website. And some of the action from the Festival could also be shown on Sky during a lunch break in the England’s current Test series against Pakistan.
- Morley Wins Place at Bunbury Cricket Festival
- Morley Earns Call To ‘Best Of’ Clash
- Countdown Begins For Morley’s Sri Lanka Odyssey
- Morley Earns Place On Lancs Under-13s Squad
- Talented Morley Earns Place In Lancashire Under-12s Squad
- Youngsters Gain Valuable Experience In Third Team Defeat
- Morley Wows Crowd – And Umpires – With Another Sizzling Performance To Shatter Norden In Farewell-To-CLL Victory
- Under-13s Up And Running To Delight Of Coach Heywood
- Humphreys And Morley Show Steel As Youngsters Seal Dramatic One-Wicket Denton West Victory
- Success Bodes Well For Under-13s