Culford cricketer Alex, 15, in line to make history

Alex Oxley from Culford School has been selected for the Suffolk County ANL-160106-183041009
Alex Oxley from Culford School has been selected for the Suffolk County ANL-160106-183041009

Culford School student Alex Oxley could become Suffolk’s youngest-ever Minor Counties cricketer this weekend.

The 15-year-old has been included in the squad for Suffolk’s opening three-day Unicorns Championship fixture of the season.

Oxley, who lives at Little Whelnetham and plays club cricket for Woolpit, has been named in the 13-man Suffolk squad for the match against Cumberland, starting at Carlisle on Sunday.

The record is held by Henry Wrinch who was 15 years and 162 days old when he made his debut against Norfolk at Norwich in 1904.

Nadeem Shahid, who went on to play first-class cricket for both Essex and Surrey, is the youngest player to appear in the championship for Suffolk since the Second World War.

Shahid was 17 years and 79 days old when he made his debut against Cambridgeshire at Fenner’s in a two-day fixture in July 1986.

If he plays Oxley, who was born on April 19th 2001, will break Wrinch’s record as he will be just 15 years and 47 days old on the opening day of the game.

Oxley said: “Opportunities like this don’t come around all the time, so you have to grasp them while you can.

“I am extremely proud and honoured to be selected and I will just see what happens.”

Coach Andy Northcote, who is preparing for his first three-day match in charge, said: “Alex is without doubt the Suffolk young cricketer with most potential. He is extremely talented and works exceptionally hard.

“He played in the recent Suffolk Development team game against the England Deaf team and top-scored with 55 off 39 balls in a T20.

“He trained well all winter, including with the men, and although tiny in height, never looks out of place and often show up us older guys!”