Scilly’s Budding Cricket Star Finds His Feet At Top Sporting School

ethan badcockA potential future cricket star from Scilly says he’s enjoying the challenge of being coached at one of the country’s top sporting schools.

13-year-old Ethan Badcock won a scholarship to Wellington School in Somerset and says he’s been so busy that he hasn’t even had time to think about missing the islands.

Ethan says he’s spending at least six hours a week practising cricket, on top of time spent playing sport during school time.

And he’s getting advice from a top-notch coach – Stephan Jones spent 20 years playing professionally for Somerset. Ethan says his coach treats him as a professional-level cricketer rather than a schoolboy player.

He’s mainly concentrating on general fitness and strength rather than technique. And he says his goal is to play professional, county-level cricket.

Ethan is off on tour to Dubai next month, which he says is an important chance to play against teams from other countries.

He says he learnt lessons last year, during a tour of South Africa, where his school team was “beaten considerably” by one of that country’s top school cricket teams, St Stithians College in Johannesburg.

Ethan is continuing to play for the Cornwall under 16 side and although he’s now based in Somerset, he says he hasn’t decided which county team he’d like to play for in the future.

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