Last month Ed Barnard (pictured right) captained England's Under-17 side in two of their one-day international series against Sri Lanka. After a 12-week lay-off with a stress fracture of his back, he was delighted to make his comeback game an international affair. Although England lost the series 2-1, Edward scored 55 in the third and deciding game. He also represented Worcestershire 2nd XI recently in their game against Northamptonshire.
Ed's fellow Shrewsbury Under-17 team member and captain Henry Blofield (PH) represented the MCC Schools at Lords on 3rd September in their fixture against ESCA Schools. Henry scored 26 and took 2 wickets in his 10 overs but finished on the losing side. (For more details see http://www.lords.org/september/esca-beat-mcc-schools-at-lords/.) Henry also made his debut for Shropshire in their three-day Minor Counties fixture against Cheshire at Nantwich in August.
A number of Old Salopian cricketers made headlines during the summer. James Taylor (R 2003-08) was selected for the Ashes squad at Old Trafford as cover for the injured Kevin Pietersen. He eventually played for England in their One Day International against Ireland in Dublin last week.
Joe Leach (M 2004-09) has now made his way into the Worcestershire side and scored his maiden first class century against Gloucestershire at the Cheltenham Festival in August. Joe's younger brother Stephen (M 2007-12) has been a prolific run scorer both for Shropshire and for Warwickshire 2nd XI.
Rhuadhri Smith (Rt 2010-12) has been playing for Scotland's 40-over side in the Yorkshire Bank League. He also made his first class debut for Glamorgan in their county championship 2nd division game with Kent, bowling former West Indian test player Brendan Nash with his first ball.
Also of note was the Varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge, where Old Salopians opposed each other; Ben Williams (Rt 2008-10) represented the Dark Blues while Alasdair Pollock (I 2010-12) opened the bowling for the Light Blues.