Atkinson to captain Northern League U21s in prestigious fixture - League U21s face MCC at Kendal CC
Alex Atkinson will captain the Northern Lge U21s XI
Netherfield and Cumberland County batsman Alex Atkinson, 19, will skipper the Northern Cricket League U21 XI in their prestigious fixture against the MCC at Shap Road, Kendal CC on Friday 15 July 2011.
Atkinson has already established himself as a leading player in the Cumberland Minor Counties XI which was defeated in the MCCA Trophy Semi-Finals by Berkshire on Sunday and scored his maiden Championship century against Bucks at Slough last season.
The former Penrith CC batsman will be hoping to further his cricketing education with LCA sponsored Leeds Bradford MCCU when he starts his degree course in the autumn, having spent last winter playing cricket in Australia.
"Alex is a fine young player with a big future ahead of him and is the ideal choice to captain the League XI," says Team Manager Clive Henderson.
"Over 40 players were put forward for selection from member clubs and I am confident we have selected a side that will do full justice to the league on and off the field.
"One of the good things about Northern League cricket is that players get their opportunity to participate in games fully on ability irrespective of age; the players in the side that has been selected are all experienced cricketers despite their youth.
"This is a game we are all looking forward towards and it should be a tremendous occasion."
Netherfield's John Huck joins Atkinson in the side alongside Kendal all rounder Jack White.
Darwen duo Jordan Clarke, who will keep wicket and Niall Burke are in the side alongside the Chorley pair of Will Moulton and Jack Bentham. Moulton scored a high-class 90 against St Annes last Saturday.
Nathan Armstrong and Ben Willis (St Annes) and Morecambe's Chris Williams, who took 6/49 for Cumberland against Berkshire last Sunday in the MCCA Trophy semi-final- Cumberland's best in one day cricket- are also included.
Fleetwood off-spinner Kieran McGann, a regular in the First XI this season also gets his opportunity after impressing many good judges this year.
The game starts at 11.30am and is based on a declaration format with the final 20 overs beginning at 5-30pm.
Chris Williams hits Berkshire's former England spinner Shaun Udal for a huge 6 last Sunday
Cumberland ace Williams included
Chorley's Will Moulton made a high class 90 against St Annes last Saturday
Northern Premier Cricket League Under-21s XI (v MCC, at Kendal CC, Fri 15 July 2011)
Alex Atkinson (Netherfield)Captain
Jordan Clarke (Darwen) wicketkeeper
Nathan Armstrong (St Annes)
Jack Bentham (Chorley)
Niall Burke (Darwen)
John Huck (Netherfield)
Kieran McGann (Fleetwood)
Will Moulton (Chorley)
Jack White (Kendal)
Chris Williams (Morecambe)
Ben Willis (St Annes)
Team Manager: Clive Henderson
Scorer: Colin Robinson (Netherfield)
Umpire: Malcolm Beaty
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