George Watkins Makes Senior Cricket Debut at 12

Rydal Penrhos pupil and Mochdre Cricket Club member George Watkins.
Rydal Penrhos pupil and Mochdre Cricket Club member George Watkins.
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An aspiring cricketer made his senior debut for a regional side on their opening weekend of the season.

George Watkins, a Year 7 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, took the field for Mochdre Thirds in their first fixture of the campaign against Northop on Sunday, April 22.

The talented 12-year-old coped extremely well with the pressure of competing against vastly older and more experienced opposition, and was unfortunate not to be on the winning side as Mochdre narrowly lost the game by just six runs.

He was even given a chance to make an impact with the ball, bowling five overs during their time in the field.

This represents a huge achievement for the pupil, who has been working incredibly hard over the winter months at Rydal Penrhos’ winter nets programme with Head of Cricket Mike Leach and coach Dion Holden, in addition to putting a considerable amount of time with the school’s strength and conditioning department to ready himself for the new season.

Mr Leach, said: “To be playing senior cricket at any level for someone so young is a very notable achievement, and George did himself proud with the quality of his performance.

“He has a great attitude to all things cricket with both club and school, so hopefully this will be the start of a great season of success that will aide his development considerably.”

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