Stephen Leach (M UVI) has been awarded a 2-year scholarship with Worcestershire County Cricket Club. He was also selected as the young player who has shown the most positive combination of results, potential, and improvement throughout the season, and has collected the The Cotswold Group Brian Peters Academy Player of the Year trophy.
Last season, Stephen scored in excess of 1,000 runs for our 1st XI with an outstanding average of 74.14. He is also Shropshire Cricket Boards U17 Captain for 2011, and plays for Shrewsbury Cricket Club. While playing for the SCC Second XI, Leach compiled an assured 55* to secure victory over Derbyshire in the Second XI Trophy, and contributed a further 73 against MCC Universities in the Second XI Championship. On top of this, he was part of Shrewsbury CC’s triumphant ECB National KO squad, and took his SCB U17 side through to the semi finals of their ECB competition.
Andy Barnard, Master i/c Cricket, said "We are delighted that Stephen has had his outstanding performances recognised by Worcestershire CCC and that he has now joined his brother Joe (M 2004-2009) as a professional cricketer. Stephen continues a recent conveyor belt of Salopian cricketers joining first class counties having spent their time at Shrewsbury School enjoying the outstanding indoor, and outdoor, facilities, and developing under the watchful eye of our Cricket Professional (ex-Worcestershire) Paul Pridgeon."
Stephen's own comments were equally enthusiastic: "'I am delighted to have been offered a contract by Worcestershire CCC which will hopefully facilitate my dream of playing cricket at the highest level. I am extremely grateful to the School and I feel privileged to be able to train at such high class facilities here. The support from Mr Barnard, and Mr Pridgeon's coaching expertise in particular, have been second to none. I have thoroughly enjoyed my cricketing experience at school to date and last season's success was definitely a highlight. I cannot wait for next season as I hope we will be able to emulate last years feat of winning the National Schools Twenty20 competition, as well as hopefully pushing on to win a home Silk Trophy."