Rossall School paceman, Luke Williams, has been bowled over by the Australian cricket authorities, who have extended an invitation to the Thornton Cleveleys youngster to spend a season with one of the Country’s top sides. And, if that wasn’t enough for the teenager to take in, he’s also been hit for six by Lancashire selectors, who’ve chosen him to play for Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Second IX this summer.
Luke, 18, has been tipped for cricket stardom for years by Rossall School’s coaching staff. They’ve seen first-hand, just what a lethal and accurate fast bowler he has become during his six years on the Fleetwood campus and now he has two great opportunities that could help define his future as a top-flight professional cricketer. Later this month he’ll know which of Australia’s clubs he’ll be joining for the start of the Australian season and meanwhile he’ll swing into action for Lancashire’s seconds.
Included in the deal to play in Oz will be the cost of travel and accommodation in the country. Although Luke will initially travel to Melbourne, he isn’t entirely sure yet where he’ll be based for the duration. He commented: “To be honest, it’s such a privilege to be given the opportunity to play cricket and learn at a top level that I don’t really care where I play, just as long as I can go, because the experience will be invaluable.”
The only unknown quantity in the next month or so is how well Luke has fared in his A-levels, taken in Rossall’s sixth form. He is looking forward to good pass rates to enable him to attend Loughborough University, although his ultimate aim is to play professional cricket for his home county. He plays club cricket currently for Grappenhall in Cheshire, but appearances for Lancashire’s second IX are likely to restrict future turnouts for the club.
Rossall’s cricket coach, Guy Emmett is delighted by Luke’s ascent to the higher levels of cricket. He said: “Luke’s bowling averages have always been above those expected of his age group and he is without doubt a natural cricket talent. We’ve watched him mature as a player here over several years. His bowling shoes are big ones to fill for us next year, but our loss is most certainly Lancashire and Australia’s gain. He’s a terrific lad and we hope he goes on to fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer.”
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