Friday, October 29th, 2021


Paceman Ben Parker and wicket-keeper batsman Henry Cullen have jointly won the Worcestershire CCC Academy Player Of The Year Award for 2021. 

Last summer, the duo created a favourable impression when playing Academy, Second Eleven, National Counties, and Club cricket.

Parker and Cullen, both aged 18, were also part of the Worcestershire squad for the Royal London Cup campaign. 

They gained valuable experience from practicing with the senior players.

Cullen was available for all eight games in the 50 over competition as back-up to keeper Gareth Roderick. 

Parker missed one week after being selected for the Super Fours at Loughborough, where he finished as one of the leading wicket-takers.

The pair are part of the 2021-2022 Academy intake announced earlier this month.

Worcestershire CCC Academy Coach, Elliot Wilson, said: “These are two guys on the Academy who made contributions in all levels of cricket they played in.

“Henry and Ben have performed for the Academy, the Seconds, in National Counties Cricket for Herefordshire and Shropshire respectively and their clubs, Kenilworth and Kidderminster, who were both successful in the Birmingham Premier League.

“They were rewarded and recognised for their potential with a rookie contract for the Royal London Cup and shadowed and travelled with the first-team squad for a month and had a great time and learnt a lot.

“As a consequence of that, we wanted to recognise their performances, and they have jointly won the Academy Player Of The Year Award, which is fantastic for the pair of them.”