CRICKET: Young Grantham CC bowler selected for ECB programme

Jake Unsworth collecting the Lincolnshire County Cricket under-13 bowler of the year award. Photo: Mike Unsworth
Jake Unsworth collecting the Lincolnshire County Cricket under-13 bowler of the year award. Photo: Mike Unsworth

A teenage bowler from Grantham CC has been invited to join the England and Wales Cricket Board Emerging Players Programme.

Thirteen-year-old Jake Unsworth was selected for the programme which starts the pathway from club and county youth cricket, to possible first class county selection.

Jake was an integral part of Grantham CC’s second XI during the 2014 season, helping them win their division to gain promotion into the Premier Division of the South Lincs and Border League, as well as playing for Grantham’s Sunday first XI.

Playing alongside and against players much older than himself, Jake has had an incredibly successful 2014 season, accumulating 26 wickets, and he looks forward to continuing to play cricket for Grantham for many years to come.

He has trained at Grantham CC under head of cricket Mark Fell, and has also trained at the Mark Fell Cricket Academy from the age of 10. Jake has represented Lincolnshire county cricket since the age of 11.

Jake’s dad, Mike Unsworth, was delighted to be notified of Jake’s selection and said: “Jake has really benefited from the coaching on offer at Grantham CC.

“He has been made to feel incredibly welcome by his team-mates and is extremely grateful for the positive comments and support so willingly offered by team captains Adrian Wing and Danny Bates on Saturdays, and Matt Wing on Sundays.”