Wisbech ’keeper Josh Bowers faces England U19 cricket side
Wisbech Town CC wicketkeeper Josh Bowers shone with both bat and behind the stumps when he faced the England under-19 cricket side.
The Town ’keeper was appearing for the Unicorns XI who were taking part in a two-day match at Loughborough yesterday and today (Friday 22).
The game concluded the England U19s’ preparations for two four-day “Tests” against Sri Lanka in Cambridge and Northampton over the next fortnight.
Bowers took three catches in the England U19 first innings. England recovered from 155-8 to post 297 all out.
Unicorns slumped to 75-8, but Bowers soon settled in and hit four early boundaries when passing 20 in little time at the crease.
Wisbech all-rounder team-mate James Williams plus Cambridgeshire colleague Matthew Gouldstone are also in the floating Unicorns squad set-up which is based on amateur players from the Minor Counties Cricket Association (MCCA) and ECB Premier Leagues.
Line-ups, England Under-19s: Max Holden (Middlesex, capt), Josh Dell, Josh Tongue, Ben Twohig, Ollie Westbury (all Worcestershire), Ed Barnes (Yorkshire), George Bartlett (Somerset), Aaron Beard (Essex), Josh Coughlin (Durham), George Hankins (Gloucestershire), Ollie Pope (wk), Amar Virdi (both Surrey).
Unicorns: Adam Wheatcroft, Brinder Phagura, *Christopher Whittock, Jonathan Webb, +Josh Bowers, Matthew McKiernan, Michael-Kyle Pepper, Sam Arthurton, Samuel Kelsall, Steve Howard, Thomas Wood.
Unicorns were formed in 2010 specifically to play in the Clydesdale Bank 40 limited overs competition. Starting in 2014, the team competed in the Second XI one-day and Twenty20 competitions.
Members of the squad are all players without current full-time contracts with one of the regular first-class counties.
Why is the team named Unicorns? Well, ‘ECB Recreation XI’ was a bit of a mouthful, so a competition was arranged to give the newly formed team a name. As the MCCA were already running the team and using their kit, the emblem of the MCCA (being a Unicorn) that was decided would be the best name.