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    Schoolboy talents, the next generation

    Anyone got any inside stories on the latest schoolboy geniuses (genii?) around world cricket? I myself am 16 and playing regular school cricket, and ever since I read the story on Wisden schools about the Tendulkar/Kambli partnership at the age of 12 (664* fro those who don't know) I've been interested by stories of incredible school games or talents.

    A couple of youngsters I've heard about are a 13 year old batsman who was mentioned in the Times today for breaking the Cowdrey brothers' record of 11 centuries in a season for a Kent Schools team. His name is Sam Northeast, sounds like one for the future.

    And there is hope for England spin bowling yet - William Beer, a 14 year old leggie from Horsham, Sussex, who plays for England at U15 level or so I've heard, played against my school 1st XI (who are a good side) in June and took 5-19 from 16 overs on a pretty bad wicket for spin bowling - only 7 wickets had been taken by spinners in the 11 previous matches on it that season.

    Anyone else heard of special school talents anywhere in the world?
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    Can't comment on schools cricket as I'm not in possession of several thousand pounds a year :P

    However the club scene in North Lincolnshire looks strong.

    At U13 level we had a wicketkeeper take 5 stumpings in a 20-over game and a leg spinner take 6/15 off 4 overs in a defeat.

    We also have a 9 year old who bowls around 70kmh and took 7/4 against Brigg in the U11 league. Which must have been funny. He also took plenty for the U13s, 2 in 3 overs for U15s and several for the Midweek XI.

    And I quite fancy sticking a tenner on him getting an England cap one day.

    There's also an 18-year old at Cleethorpes who hit 298* in a 40 over Sunday League game the other week.
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    i dont no none really but there are good young talents at my cricket club. But remember you can be excllent as a youth but never make it. I would not go over the top over a excellent 13 year old? as by 18 he could be finished

    William Beer is also at the Terry Jenner Wrist Spin programme

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    kents youngsters are topclass...

    1 pacemen bolws upto 72mph [yes miles] and hes 15..gonna be 16 this year..
    and 3 batsman who have scored plenty of tons in 20 over games
    and me! but the players are of real quality, the bowling apart from the pace man is a bit plain but thebatting lineup looks strong, i am defintely toipping one of my mates for a callup..he has a lot of natural talent, a good cricketing brain and very hardworking


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    Originally posted by chris.hinton
    But remember you can be excllent as a youth but never make it. I would not go over the top over a excellent 13 year old? as by 18 he could be finished
    I'm fully aware of that :P

    What about the 100s of leg spinners who should be in the county championship but aren't given a chance? :P

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    Originally posted by Neil Pickup
    Can't comment on schools cricket as I'm not in possession of several thousand pounds a year :P
    OOh Neil, was that one aimed at me?? :P


    I dont think the scene down at Somerset is too strong at all... Im not really county standard, but i seem to be able to hold my own against them when I practice.. I remember making one "top" batsman look absolutely daft when he was batting against me, and im confident that i wont get a look into Somersets setup, so that gives you a measure of the lack of talent about...
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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    OOh Neil, was that one aimed at me?? :
    Not personally, just the entire "independent" sector

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    Sorry Gibbsy, but the fact they score tons in school cricket means absolutely nothing since the opposition will not be of any standard worthy of mentioning.

    I don't think that there is anyone who hasn't played FC Cricket that can be called class for certain - they have potential, but then again so do thousands of others.
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    a kid at the age of 9 here in aus hit 350*. i dno it was somewhere in the mid 300's.
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    Originally posted by Cloete
    a kid at the age of 9 here in aus hit 350*. i dno it was somewhere in the mid 300's.
    How many of the bowlers had leprosy?

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    But remember you can be excllent as a youth but never make it. I would not go over the top over a excellent 13 year old? as by 18 he could be finished
    Living, breathing example right here! I was playing cricket heaps when I was 13 and by 18, I wasn't playing at all!

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    I think you got that one all wrong Top_Cat, the topic was about playing "excellent" cricket at a young age, not just heaps...

    Just kidding ofcourse

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    I think you got that one all wrong Top_Cat, the topic was about playing "excellent" cricket at a young age, not just heaps...

    Just kidding ofcourse.
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    Watch out for Sam Northeast, 13, currently playing in Kent. He set a new record of 11 centuries in 19 innings (including 13 not outs). He averages 291 for his school, Wellesley House.
    I believe he'll be at Harrow this year so Middx may yet poach him...
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