Toft youngster hopes to alert national selectors

First published in Sport

RISING star Rob Jones says he hopes to shine for Toft Cricket Club this season to keep him in the minds of national team selectors.

The teenager was skipper for England under 17s during a recent tour of South Africa, an honour the spin bowler says will motivate him to continue improving his game in Knutsford.

“I’m hoping to perform well this summer to be in with a chance of playing at the under 19s World Cup next year,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot of matches coming up for Toft in the Cheshire County League, and will be there doing my best for them every week.”

Stockton Heath-based Jones, a student at Priestley College in Warrington, guided England to four wins from half a dozen matches against teams in South Africa.

There he made up part of an 18-strong England Development squad, whose members were kept busy during their three-week stay.

On days when they were not scheduled to play, the boys trained for six hours and studied for a further two.

Jones added: “I felt some pressure as captain, but our goal was to improve as competitors and not necessarily to win matches. The South Africans played tough, competitive cricket so it was good for me to learn about how to manage players.

“I would have liked to score more runs, but I felt my leadership was good.”

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