Youngsters hope to follow in Adam Lyth’s footsteps

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Five young cricketers from the Whitby area are hoping to follow in the footsteps of local lad Adam Lyth, who recently won his first England call-up.

The primary school-age children who have shown they are good enough to play county cricket are:

Nicholas Kelly, Lealholm School, who is in the Yorkshire U11 training squad

Daisy Stokoe, West Cliff School and Anna Broadley Featherstone, Lealholm School, who have been selected for Yorkshire U11 girls’ squad after final trials

Sam Spenceley, Lythe School, has been selected for North Yorkshire U10s

Thomas Laxton, West Cliff School, is in the squad for the North Yorkshire U11s and selected for the first match.

It is a particularly pleasing feat for Lealholm School, one of the smallest in the area, yet it has provided two Yorkshire junior players.

Mike Stone, who has been leading coaching sessions at Whitby Leisure Centre for around 26 youngsters, said the call-ups are evidence of the amount of talent in the area.

“Following on from Adam Lyth’s inclusion in the England squad, the progress of these local youngsters shows clearly the strong interest in the game locally,” he said.

“Cricket is thriving at a junior level locally and in primary schools, there is a lot of interest and it’s nice to be part of it.

“Many schools take part in cricket festivals - we had one for years five and six and had 16 schools at Whitby Cricket Club and there will be a similar amount taking part in the next one later this month.”

For the past two years, Mike worked as a community coach, visiting Whitby district schools but the role has now been made full-time and extended to a wider area.

A new coach, Matthew Hurren, has been employed by the Yorkshire Cricket Board.

John Green of the Scarborough and District Cricket Development group added he is “delighted” with the progress of Whitby’s youngsters.