Rob called into bat for England

Rob Jones webRob Jones has been selected to play for England in the U19s World Cup.

Rob, who is studying BTEC Performance and Excellence Level 3 at Priestley College, received his call up after captaining a successful U17s tour in South Africa last year.

“I feel I’ve worked hard for my place and I can’t wait to get out there,” said Rob, from Stockton Heath.

“I’m really happy to be going to the World Cup because it has been my goal for over a year now.”

The 18-year-old flies to Dubai on January 31 and will compete in the ICC World Cup – which is held every two years – in February.

It is being staged in the United Arab Emirates and follows a tri-series versus the host nation and Pakistan over winter.

England’s first fixture of the tournament is against the UAE on February 14 and will be televised on Sky Sports.

Katie Jones, a Sports Tutor at Priestley College, said: “We’re so happy for Rob and all he has achieved so far. It doesn’t get any better than representing your country at a sport you love so we wish him well and believe he will do his college, town and country proud.”

Rob secured his place after impressing for Lancashire’s second XI last summer and during England’s winter tour in the UAE.

He’s also been a regular for Toft Cricket Club in Knutsford for several years.

The leg-break bowler, who started playing cricket at Stretton when he was boy, will be taking 20 hours of college work with him on the competition, which will see him out of the country for a month.

“Knockout cricket is the toughest and most intense that I will play,” he said. “We have a good team and if we can get that first win I am sure we can get on a roll.”

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