Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Quintet Of Worcs Ccc Academy Players Get Midlands ‘super-Fours’ Call-Up

Quintet Of Worcs Ccc Academy Players Get Midlands ‘super-Fours’ Call-Up

Five members of Worcestershire CCC's current Academy intake have been selected to represent the Midlands in the Under-17 'Super-Fours' which take place at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough next week.

The quintet of Josh Dell, Nick Hammond, Ben Twohig, Josh Tongue and Zen Malik have all been chosen.

They will participate in a round-robin 50-over competition involving the Midlands, London and East, North and South West from Tuesday August 25 to Saturday August 29.

The Super-Fours offers players the opportunity to show off their skills in front of watching England Development Programme coaches and selectors.

It is the second year running that five members of the Worcestershire Academy have been called up.

Last year Dell, Hammond and Twohig were joined by Freddie Wynn and Ollie Westbury in being selected.

Worcestershire Academy coach Elliot Wilson said: "The Super-Fours is the Under-17 version of Bunburys and it is tremendous to have five players selected.

"We had the same amount chosen last year. We've obviously done something right in the last couple of years. At the moment we are in a good place."

England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: "The EDP Under-17s Super Fours competition is always a great occasion and the wealth of young talent coming through never ceases to amaze and excite in equal measure.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity for the players to step out of their 'county bubble' and challenge themselves in a different environment and a pressurised situation.”

There was more encouraging news with three members of Worcestershire's development programme in Jack Haynes, Musharraf Shazad and Ryan Wheldon being chosen for a 'best of the Bunburys' side.

They will represent the North versus South in three-day game, also at Loughborough, which gets underway on Sunday week (August 30).

The annual Bunbury festival was recently held at Malvern College with the T20 competition being staged at New Road.

Wilson said: "The best of the Bunburys are playing a game, North versus South, and it's good that three of our lads have been selected.

"It is a nice pat on the back for them and also the lads chosen for the Super-Fours at the start of a lot of hard work."