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Wisbech student back at Northamptonshire academy

Teenager George Gowler has been looking forward to the start of 2021 since September when he was selected to join the Northamptonshire Cricket Academy.

On January 6, as an elite level sportsman, 17-year-old George was back in the nets at the county ground’s indoor school in Northampton.

Having joined the county club’s Elite Players Programme (EPP) scheme at 14, Wisbech Town’s opening bowler was one of only four youngsters invited to join their Academy squad at the end of the 2020 season.

George Gowler at Northamptonshire Cricket Club (44116665)
George Gowler at Northamptonshire Cricket Club (44116665)

George, a student at Wisbech Grammar School is now practising twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays and receiving coaching from Northamptonshire’s 1st team spin bowler Graeme White.His practice includes batting, bowling, fielding and some gym work.

“The day after my first session I was very stiff and aching, but it has been fine since then. The workload is high, especially in the gym but I am managing well,” said George.

Due to the current school closures, George is schooling at home but doesn’t think his practice is affecting his education.

George Gowler in action (44116667)
George Gowler in action (44116667)

“I am fitting it in all okay, I do miss a few lessons on Wednesday but with it being online, I can catch up easily in my free periods,” said George, who has started his two year A Level course at Wisbech Grammar in September.

When the cricket season starts, George is still hoping to be able to play for Wisbech in the Whiting & PartnersCambs and Hunts Premier League unless the Academy side have a fixture which involves Saturday play.

The Northants Academy are likely to play a mixture of T20, 50 overs and three and four day games against other county academy sides during the season.

George is also hoping to play some second XI matches for the county in 2021.

When asked about Wisbech’s prospects for the summer ahead, George, who was their leading wicket taker last season, said: “I think we have the potential to do well and for me to impact the team the best I can.We definitely had some really good games last season, especially the Eaton Socon game”.

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