Sunday, 20 June 2021

Berkshire call-up for Wargrave youngster

EUAN WOODS has been called up by Berkshire — at the age of 16.

EUAN WOODS has been called up by Berkshire — at the age of 16.

The Piggott School pupil will take a break from his study leave to play against Oxfordshire in the Unicorns Counties Championship at Henley on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (11am start each day).

Woods, who is taking his GCSEs at the Wargrave school, is a left-handed batsman and off-spin bowler.

While it may come as a surprise to some, his selection is fully merited when his form and ability is taken into consideration.

Last year he scored four consecutive hundreds for Berkshire in the ECB U15 championship and was the top scorer for South West England in the prestigious Bunbury Festival.

Berkshire’s director of youth cricket, Mark Allum, described Woods as the “best performing Berkshire player in recent memory at this level”.

He is attached to Surrey CCC’s emerging players programme and made 127 against their Somerset counterparts.

Woods plays for Wargrave 1st XI in Division 2B of the Thames Valley League and last Saturday hit 155 against Chiswick and Whitton.

He comes into a Berkshire side that is missing several of their regular players for their opening fixture in the championship.

All-rounders Matt Carter and Euan Brock (both Henley) are ruled out by injury, while opening bat Michael Roberts (Henley) has work commitments.

Roberts’ place will go to Simon Macey, who scored 110 for Harefield against Tring Park in the Home Counties Premier League last Saturday.

Berkshire recently defeated Oxfordshire by one wicket at Henley on their way to reaching the Unicorns Counties Trophy quarter-finals. It is the only game Oxon have lost this season.

Team: Simon Macey (Harefield), Waqas Hussain (Slough), Harry Stephens (Datchet), Richard Morris (Bashley), James Morris (capt, Bashley), Steve Naylor (Datchet), Euan Woods (Wargrave), Stewart Davison (wktkpr, Henley), Chris Peploe (Ealing), Tom Nugent (Henley), Gurveer Singh (Henley).

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