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The Alec Hastilow Trophy

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Year: 2011
Awarded to: Ed Barnard

 

After a series of trials throughout the summer, Ed was selected to captain the Midlands at this Year’s Bunbury Festival held in Monmouth.

 

Ed performed consistently well with bat and ball throughout the Festival, top scoring with 41 against South and west and also hitting 47 against the North. He was the leading wicket taker at the Festival. Because of his and the Midland’s success, Ed was rewarded with the captaincy of the England U15 development squad who beat the England women’s team in two twenty20 games at Loughborough.

 

On the back of the successes at the Bunbury Festival, Ed was awarded several honours at the closing dinner including “best captain” and “best all-rounder”. Susequently, ha has now been selected for the U17 development squad who will train 6 days a month at Loughborough. This will entail a big commitment from Ed with the 4 year programme, starting on the 5th September, including 10 days coaching at Loughborough over October half term and also a 3 week trip to Sri Lanka next February. The main focus of the programmes is to target the Under 19 World cup in 4 years time.

 

To add to this national success, Ed has also this season captained the Shropshire cricket Board U 15 side to victory in the ECB national B division cup final against Hertfordshire. The U15 side won 12 games out of 13 played in the 2011 summer. It is also no coincidence that this success has also filtered through to his club cricket, as Ed is part of the Shrewsbury CC team who have reached the ECB national Club Knockout Competition Final which is to be held at Derbyshire’s County Ground.

 

This is all remarkable given that Ed is just 15 years old and the standard of performance he attains whilst being able to maturely and effectively captain most sides in which he competes is second to none. He breeds success in all teams in which he competes and is a fantastic role model for not only the players in his team but also the young cricketers in Shropshire who have ambition to take their talents onto a bigger stage.