Friday, 15 September 2017
Praharsh Parikh, a Year 11 pupil at Bolton School Boys’ Division, is the latest potential “star” player to come off their cricketing conveyor belt, following in the footsteps of England’s youngest opening batsman Haseeb Hameed and the Parkinson brothers, Matthew and Callum, who play for Lancashire and Leicestershire respectively. Over the summer Praharsh has represented the Best of Bunbury (England) U15s, which is used as a trial for selecting England U16s for the following summer, North of England U15s, Lancashire County U15s, Bolton School and Winton CC First XI. He was the highest wicket taker for the North of England U15s with his best figures being 3 wickets for 5 runs; he was the highest wicket taker for Lancashire County U15s with best figures of 3 for 26; and highest wicket taker for Winton CC with best figures of 7 for 50 and 5 for 32.
Looking ahead to next summer, Praharsh has been invited to be a practice bowler for the IPL team Rising Pune Supergiants in India; the youngest and only off spinner from the UK. He has also been invited to play three key fixtures for a premier division senior cricket team in Kenya as an overseas pro with a contract. He is now in the England Development Programme and the Elite Player Programme with Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Reflecting on his progress, his father, Gunjan, said: “As a parent, we would sincerely like to thank the school and all the staff. Praharsh has improved, progressed and matured as a good human being which has reflected in his confidence, discipline and attitude towards cricket and academic studies. All this has been possible as Bolton School has provided an amazing environment to grow an individual.”
After his debut for England last winter in which he was praised by Indian captain Virat Kohli, Haseeb has struggled a little this season with an injury he picked up on tour. This interrupted his early season training and his form in the opening four day games suffered, causing him to lose his England place but recent scores of 77 and 88 have brought him back into the international frame and he is likely to travel with the England Lions if he does not make the full national team for this winter’s Ashes tour. Matthew Parkinson has progressed well at Lancashire, taking 15 wickets in a number of 4 dayers at an average of 31 and 14 wickets in T20 cricket at an average of 13.85 and an efficient economy rate of 6.06. His best figures were 4 for 23. Brother Callum, who moved from Derbyshire to Leicestershire after impressing on his Derbyshire debut when he took 7 wickets and scored 48 not out. He has recorded an average of 38.5 with the bat over 5 four day matches and in T20, which he has played more games in, took 15 wickets at an average of 25 with an economy rate of 8.
Another current player at Bolton School to watch is Rehan Udwadia, who is with Lancashire’s Academy and has played twice for Lancashire’s second team; he was the School’s leading run scorer over the summer.
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