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Lord's honour for young cricketer

YOUNG GUN: Sam Northeast looks to have a bright cricketing future. Picture courtesy: WELLESLEY HOUSE SCHOOL
YOUNG GUN: Sam Northeast looks to have a bright cricketing future. Picture courtesy: WELLESLEY HOUSE SCHOOL

SAM NORTHEAST, from Walmer, became one of the youngest ever players to take part in the annual Eton versus Harrow cricket match on Saturday.

Fourteen-year-old Sam, in his first year at Harrow, played against boys four or five years older than himself at Lord’s after being selected for Harrow’s 1st XI.

That honour followed his performance at an England Under-15 together at half-term in which Sam, who also plays for Sandwich Town, outscored every other batsman.

Sam’s family home is in Liverpool Road, Walmer, and his father Alan said: “It was an incredible experience for Sam to play at Lord’s, even though the match had to be reduced to 40-overs a side because of rain.

“Unfortunately he only made two runs after coming in down the order, which Sam’s not really used to. He needs time to build an innings. But he took a brilliant diving catch after running in from the boundary.”

Eton came out on top in the match by 20 runs, scoring 239 and then dismissing Harrow for 219.

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