Elite experience for school cricketer

Star of Cheadle Hulme School’s first XI and Cheshire County player, Andrew Jackson, has been singled out as one of English cricket’s brightest young prospects, when he was selected to play for the MCC Schools team at Lord’s in September.

Andrew joined the team as they faced the English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) in a high quality fifty-over clash at the Home of Cricket.

Andrew was presented with his MCC cap by the England coach Andy Flower “It was amazing! Walking out into the middle at Lord’s was one of the best sporting experiences I’ve had. I was nervous to start with but as the day went on I relaxed and got into it.

Andrew is pictured third from the left on the back row

Knowing that I was sitting in the changing rooms where England’s top cricketers have been was incredible. The pitch was immaculate too, although it was strange to get used bowling on the ground’s famous slope.”

Batting at number nine and coming in with only a few balls to go before the end of the innings, he hit a 4 off the first ball and finished 5-not out. He was then asked to open the bowling and recorded the only maiden over of the innings.

MCC head of cricket, John Stephenson said: “Congratulations go to Andrew on his selection for the MCC Schools side, which comes as a result of his performance forCheadleHulmeSchoolagainst MCC in the annual out-match fixture earlier this summer.

“I always look forward to watching this match – it is hugely exciting to see the wealth of talent coming through, and to watch first-hand the next generation of England cricketers. The fixture provides an ideal platform for the finest young cricketers in the country to get their first taste of playing on the hallowed Lord’s turf – where many of them will hope to return in subsequent years to play Test and First-Class cricket.”

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