CRICKET: Wellington call for ex-Town ace Vale

Jack the lad: Ex-Spalding Town ace Jack Vale is set to tour Australia.
Jack the lad: Ex-Spalding Town ace Jack Vale is set to tour Australia.

TEENAGE bowler Jack Vale has continued the success of English cricketers down under by winning selection for his provincial side - just a few months after moving to New Zealand.

After four days of trials, Vale was selected by Cricket Wellington as part of an under-15 side to tour Australia later this year.

Jack (15), formerly of Moulton, moved to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, in October last year.

He spent last season with Spalding Town Cricket Club, where he became the youngest ever opening bowler for the first team.

In addition, he was named junior bowler of the year in Division One of the South Lincs and Borders League.

Vale represented Lincolnshire for four years, from under-11 to under-14, and was the youngest student to appear in the Spalding Grammar School first team.

He picked up nearly 70 wickets in all forms of cricket last year and hit an unbeaten century playing for the school under-14 team against Wakefield Grammar School.

And it’s got even better for Vale since his big move, as he is a member of his school’s elite squad, playing for Wellington College’s first and second teams.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for me.

“The cricket here is very competitive and I’m really looking forward to visiting Australia.”

Jack’s dad Tony Vale is also a former member of Spalding Town Cricket Club.