4 months ago
By Dave Wright
Well done to Euan, Etham, Jack and Tom
Berkshire Cricket was immensely proud after seeing four players involved with the county play a major role as England cruised to a 7-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second of their group matches in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Bangladesh, choosing to bat first, were dismissed for a very under-par total of 175 and England cruised home with 123 balls to spare as they followed up their opening 8-wicket win over Namibia earlier in the week,
Euan Woods led the way with 3-26 before making 48 not out, while there were also three early wickets for Ethan Bamber (3-19) and one for Tom Scriven (1-29) with wicket-keeper Jack Davies taking a brilliant catch off Euan and another off Ethan.
Of the quartet, Henley CC pair Woods and Davies are regulars in the current Berkshire squad, having helped them to become Minor Counties champions and KO Cup winners last year.
Davies was the man of the match with an unbeaten century in the championship play-off against Lincolnshire at Banbury, an award which Woods had collected, also following a century, when Berkshire lifted the title in 2016 also at the expense of Lincolnshire.
Ethan is an 'adopted' Stag having, been made available to Berkshire by Middlesex last summer from their very successful Academy.
Berkshire performance manager Tom Lambert comments: "This follows the formal merger between Middlesex and ourselves which was announced last April. It is an arrangement which enables our young players to benefit from a clear pathway into the first-class game with Middlesex, whilst also enabling their young players the opportunity to play minor counties cricket should it be deemed to benefit their development or as a way back into cricket should their time with Middlesex come to an end following their involvement with their Academy.
"Ethan was outstanding for us last summer and we hope to have his services again at times next season."
Lambert continued: "Both Jack and Euan started with Berkshire as nine-year-olds and have gone through our-age group EPP programme. They played at regional level at 15s and 17s before moving on to first-class academies at 15 (Euan) and 17 (Jack) years of age with Surrey and Middlesex respectively.
"Tom also began his cricket with us from nine years of age and followed identical paths to Euan and Jack through our age group and EPP programmes before joining Hampshire at the age of 15.
"It was a great pleasure for everyone connected with Berkshire to see all three boys take the field together at a world cup.
Euan, whose 48 not came off 56 balls, and Harry Brook, with 102 not out from 84 deliveries, led England to victory over Bangladesh with an unbroken stand of 128.
England - the only team in their group still unbeaten - play their final group game against Canada on Saturday (9.30pm) and it will be shown live on Sky Sports. Victory should set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Australia.
"Well done to Euan, Jack, Tom, Ethan and England for their strong start to the tournament," concluded Lambert.
Updated 22:23 - 21 May 2018 by Dave Wright