St Bede’s cricket ace captains England youth team

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ST BEDE’S student Callum Jackson has had a busy cricketing summer.

The 17 year old attended a two-week England U17s training camp at the English Cricket Board high performance centre in Loughborough. The U17 squad gave the visiting South African U19 team a warm-up game ahead of their One Day International series against England U19s.

Callum was asked to captain the U17 side.

Unfortunately they lost the game but Callum enjoyed the experience and has since played in two more practice matches against U17 invitation sides - top scoring in one game with 74 and captaining in another. In August he represented England U17s in a one day series against Scotland U19s in Scotland. Then on the September 5, two days before his 17th birthday, Callum was selected to play for The English Schools Cricket Association against the MCC Schools at the home of cricket, Lord’s. He opened the batting for The English Schools U16s and scored and impressive 50 and shared the keeping with a team mate.

Unfortunately they lost on Duckworth Lewis after a short rain break, but they were playing a strong MCC schools U18 side and Callum received his ESCA cap from Andrew Strauss, pictured. Callum played 12 2nd XI games for Sussex County Cricket Club over the summer and scored his maiden Sussex 2nd XI century against Hampshire 2nds at the Rose Bowl. In this 40-over one day game he opened the batting and was 106 not out when Ollie Rayner, his Eastbourne team mate and St Bede’s old boy, hit the winning runs with two balls to spare.