Trials for West Essex Cricket

Ewan tells his Cricket story:

I started playing cricket in 2020 with North Weald Cricket Club. We didn’t have many matches in 2020 due to COVID. In 2021 we had about 10 matches.  During the season I got better at bowling and it was so much fun when I took wickets. My batting also improved and I scored more runs in each match.

Cricket is so much fun.  It’s a great feeling when you can bowl fast and hit the wickets.  Hitting the ball to the boundary is amazing.  I have now learnt to try to hit down so that I’m not caught.

At the end of the season I was proud to get the batsman of the year award.  The coaches also called me and my brother Gregor over and told us that we were nominated for trials with West Essex.  My brother and his friend Oscar are in the Under 9 training squad and has been for extra sessions in Chelmsford at the Essex County Cricket ground.

I am 10 and so I needed to go for a trial for the U11 squad.  I had extra training at indoor nets over the Winter and my Dad also helped to train me.

On the 13 February I went to the trials for the U11 squad.  I didn’t feel too nervous, I have done lots of sports competitions with school or with my rugby or karate club.  But this time I was on my own.  There were 20 of us, 5 in each lane.  I did bowling first and batting second.  I thought it had gone well because I got a wicket.  I tried a “back of the hand bowl” and got a well done from the coach.  I didn’t get out when I was batting. I had to wait over a week and one evening my Dad showed me an email just when I was going to bed.  It said “Well done, you have been successful in being selected for the up coming season”.

I am so delighted to be chosen for the squad and can’t wait for the cricket season.  As Head of Sport I am showing those younger than me in  school that you can achieve your sporting dreams if you train hard.