TEENAGE star Josh Bowers has been selected to tour South Africa with the Huntingdonshire County Cricket board.
The George Farmer Technology and Language College skipper, who also plays for Market Deeping CC, will play six matches in 13 days against state sides from Cape Town in October.
As well as playing his beloved cricket, Bowers will be staying with players from opposing teams and will also be going on excursions around the local tourist points, such as Table Top Mountain, and Penguin Island.
The 15-year-old said: “I believe this success is mainly due to the hard work and commitment of Mr Jesson, Mr Colton, and my fellow team mates and believe that they have influenced many more pupils to take part in cricket at the school.
“I would also like to thank the Fred Trueman and David Cross Memorial State School Cricket League for their sponsorship, which I am very grateful to receive.
“I would also like to thank friends, family and local businesses who have attributed to the fund.”
Bowers has spent four years at George Farmer, during which time they have introduced nets and benefited from a training day run by Bill Flower, father of England supremo Andy Flower.
Mark Jesson, who is head of boys’ PE at the Holbeach school, said: “Since his arrival at George Farmer, Josh has been an inspiration to many boys to start playing cricket.
“He has assisted in the coaching of other pupils, in all roles, especially as a wicket keeper. We wish him all the best for his future in cricket and thank him for his hard work.”
Chairman of the cricket society trust and vice chairman Fred Trueman and David Cross Memorial School Cricket League Alan Porter rates Bowers as a top young talent in the game.
He added: “Josh has great ability for his age.
“He performs very well behind the stumps and is a good batsmen, which makes him a first class all-rounder.”