Upper Sixth Bede’s student Callum Jackson has recently returned from a tour in South Africa as a member of the England U19 Cricket team.
During the first of two tests, which started on 23 January, the South Africans looked to be onto a good thing after their bowlers Lizaad Williams and Craig Kirsten had made a triple breakthrough to reduce England to 14-3 and later 48-4.
Callum, in partnership with teammate Kishen Velani, then managed to steady the ship and take England to 81/4 at the lunch break. Velani fell soon after the interval for 49 but the platform was set for a recovery.
Jackson (43 off 117 balls, 4 fours) went on to share an invaluable partnership of 63 for the sixth wicket with teammate Ed Barnard and the latter then added a further 62 for the seventh wicket with his captain, Ollie Stone.
England eventually wrapped up the first test with a 107-run victory.
The second test, which began on February 3, saw the South Africans fight back.
During the first innings Jackson and Barnard helped England opener Dominic Sibley push England up towards 200, but during the second innings South Africa’s spin bowlers saw England’s batsmen flounder, allowing the home side to square the Test series with a 67-run victory
Callum, who has been involved in the England Development Programme since the age of 16, is a wicket keeper-batsman who has played cricket for Sussex CCC since U11 and has just entered his third year in the Sussex Academy.
He has featured in most of Sussex 2nd XI games and has made an impact by scoring two centuries and a number of half-centuries for the county.