Horsham Cricket Club dominates the Sussex Academy

Horsham Cricket Club are rightly proud to have four of their outstanding young players selected for the 2014 Sussex Academy – four out of the total intake of twelve. Hastings has two players in the mix, apart from that no other club has more than one. And, Horsham has two of the three girls in the group.
Horsham’s Ben Shoare had a prolific end to his 2012 season, was brought into the Academy last year, played for Sussex 2nd XI and captained the Development XI against Premier League teams. Ben retains his Academy place, telling The District Post: “I didn’t really expect to play as much cricket last year, but this season I want to become a major player and contribute to the maximum. I’ve been working on my bowling because I want that to be another string to my bow.”
All rounder Izzy Collis was on the England Women’s U19 tour of South Africa and Paige Schofield picked up this year’s Sussex U17 batting award after scoring three T20 centuries in four matches, totalling 365 runs, being just once out – and she took 3-14 in one match. Horsham Women’s Cricket Manager Jo Humphreys said: “These are two extraordinarily talented girls and their progression into the Academy confirms that.” Alexia Walker, Horsham Women’s Director of Coaching added: “I’ve coached both girls for some years, they’re tremendous prospects and it would be great if their development attracts others to join the club.”
Horsham’s 15 year old left handed batsman Tom Haines is the youngest player in the Academy group but has already represented Sussex’s U17s and last season scored a highly memorable 50 for Horsham 1st XI against Sussex fast bowler James Anyon. Tom’s father Mark said: “Tom’s receiving wonderful coaching at the Academy and is going to be opening the batting at Hurstpierpoint School. We’re hoping that he’ll make it through to this summer’s Bunbury Festival (at Oakham School).” The England Schools Cricket Association’s Bunbury Festival showcases top schoolboy cricketers – 50 England players, including most recently Joe Root, having made it through to the national side.
The Academy selections are a testament to the conveyor belt of impressive young players coming through Horsham’s coaching system into the county set up, confirming that the playing strength of the club is in great shape.

One comment on “Horsham Cricket Club dominates the Sussex Academy

  1. Well done Horsham – the players and coach Alexia. There’s no reason why some of those players including Paige (pictured) won’t represent England some day!

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