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Folkestone and Kent bowler Hugh Bernard named in English Development Programme invitational squad

By Steve Tervet
Hugh Bernard bowling for Folkestone against local rivals Sibton Park Picture: Gary Browne

Folkestone’s young bowling sensation Hugh Bernard has been called up for international duty.

The 17-year-old paceman has been named in the English Development Programme invitational squad for matches against England and Pakistan age-group teams later this month.

Bernard, who’s been with Folkestone since he was a colt, has taken 25 wickets at an average of 20.16 for the 1st XI in Kent League Division 1 this season.

Folkestone captain Andy Bray said: "It’s phenomenal to have someone who’s come through our colts section, into the first-team and now called up by England.

"Hugh texted me on Sunday and he was over the moon. I’m proud of him. He’s worked hard and deserves this.

"For the club but more importantly for him, it’s great news. The fact we’re able to produce players who go on to represent England shows we’re doing the right things throughout the club.

"He’s done the easy bit. The hard bit comes now. He has to take it to the next level."

Full story in the Folkestone & Hythe Express on Wednesday.

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