Matty’s county call-up

Torchbearer 021 Matthew Dawson carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between St Ives and Huntingdon. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.
Torchbearer 021 Matthew Dawson carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between St Ives and Huntingdon. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.

Wisbech Town cricket player Matthew Dawson has been called up for the Surrey disabled first XI team following a successful trial.

The 18-year-old had his county trial on Monday last week when coaches under head coach Danny Baker scrutinised his batting and bowling skills at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

Double amputee Dawson, who is known as Matty, said: “A friend was looking online and saw that Surrey were looking for new players. I thought I did very well, and so did my friends who were watching.

“I’ve also been named Wisbech Sunday Thirds captain, so it’s been quite a week!”

He will continue nets and training with Wisbech and Surrey, while a friendly is on April 24 at the Kia Oval versus Essex and Hampshire in T20 games – the only time a major disabled county team will have played at the Test venue.

The Surrey season of about eight or nine games, mainly on a Sunday, begins in May.

He said: “The coach said just after the trial that he was trying to get me in the South team, so I must have impressed them. The full England team is my aim.”

Matty, who uses prosthetic legs, also in 2012 carried the Olympic Flame on the torch relay leg between St Ives and Huntingdon.

He said: “Obviously the Olympic torch was a once in a lifetime experience but also Surrey is an opportunity as well.”

The former Marshland High School pupil is currently studying at the College of West Anglia in King’s Lynn.

The teenager is seeking sponsorship to cover things like travel costs – it’s a 130-mile round trip to Surrey – so please call him on 07795 193080.