Academy Head Coach James Lowe has spoken of his delight at the contributions from Yorkshire’s quartet that have been competing for the North of England in the last week.
Young players Isaac Light, Josh Hoyle, Charlie McMurran and Noah Kelly have been representing the North of England at ECB’s Super 4’s tournament all last week at Loughbrough University, competing in both 50-over and T20 competitions.
James Lowe, who was part of the North’s coaching team, reflected on a great experience for the players: “It was a week of getting the best players in the country playing each other. It was brilliant for our lads to come up against the best from all the other counties and allows them to start to make assessments as to where they’re at.
“Two of our four lads that have been involved are under 16s playing in an under 17s tournament, that’s a good achievement in itself. It’s been a really good experience for them and one that I’m sure they will all look back on proudly.
“The North team was really successful winning both competitions for the first time in the competitions history, and all of our lads contributed well to the team.
“Isaac Light made three really impressive 50s, he got us out of a bit of trouble in the first game scoring 50 off 42 balls. He also made an outstanding 58 from only 33 balls opening the batting in the T20 final.
“Josh Hoyle got a couple of wickets on the first day (2/9) and contributed well to the team bowling a really good spell in the final (0/28).
“Charlie McMurran got stronger and stronger as the week went on, he became our go-to death bowler and held his nerve to close out the last two overs in the T20 final.
“Noah Kelly was not out knocking off the midlands 212 in the second match and kept wicket well in the T20 competition.
“They all played a part in a really good team and I’m sure they’ll look back on this as an important part of their cricketing development.”
Lowe took up his role heading up the Club’s Academy in March and had little time to settle into the role with the season getting underway almost immediately.
“It’s been brilliant,” reflected the former Durham coach. “It’s great to be in this role at a great club like Yorkshire and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it.
“We’ve got some really good players with a lot of potential and the ambition to go on and play for Yorkshire and England. They are committed, and you can see that in them during practice all of the time. That makes my job really enjoyable.
“The cricket is coming thick and fast so there’s loads of opportunities to impress.”