CRICKET: Charlie captains uni side to national success

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FORMER Spalding Grammar School pupil Charlie Kearns has captained his university side to national success in the British Universities and Colleges Indoor National Cricket Championships.

Skippering Coventry University in only his second university year, the 19-year-old (pictured) helped the team fight off strong opposition from the likes of Southampton, Leeds Met, Durham and Cambridge Universities.

Coventry beat Imperial College London in the final at Cardiff, having knocked out last year’s winners Loughborough in the semi-finals.

Prior to this success the university had never won a national championship in any sport.

Charlie said: “I’m delighted for both for the team and the university.”

Charlie played for Moulton Harrox with his father Mike and brother, also Mike, before moving on to play for Market Deeping in the Lincolnshire Premier League.

He played for Huntingdonshire at junior age groups before making his debut for the Senior Huntingdonshire team aged just 16. He now helps with the coaching at the Spalding Cricket Academy.

All-rounder Charlie is now hoping to be selected for Warwickshire 2nd this season.