North of England call up for Danny

Danny Lamb
Danny Lamb

A young cricketer whose aim in life is to turn professional has been selected for the North of England Under-17s.

Danny Lamb,17, received a phone call to say he made the cut for the squad.

But the selection for the representaive side has affected Danny’s duties for Leyland, for whom he plays his club cricket.

He missed Saturday’s win over Lancaster and potentially could also be absent for this Saturday’s game against local rivals Chorley.

But Danny is thrilled with his selection.

He said: “I’m really pleased I’ve managed to be selected.

“There are some quality players in this team and it will be good to play with and against them.”

The England Development Programme tournament is being played at the National Performance Centre in

Loughborough.

Teams from London & East, the South West and the Midlands will be competing against the North.

Danny has been involved with the North of England before as a trialist, but rain prevented him making an impact.

He said: “I was selected a couple of years ago for a trial game for the squad.

“I faced one ball and then it started to rain and we didn’t manage to get back on.”

Aside from making an impact with Leyland, Danny has also had plenty of success for Lancashire.

He has played for the county since he was 12 years old and his most recent performances have seen him excel for the Under-17s and Lancashire Colts, who play in the Northern Cricket League.

Danny has also made a few appearances for the Lancashire 2nd XI, but his chances have been limited.

However, he insists he wants to improve that statistic in the future.

He said: “I’ve played a few games and unfortunately it’s not worked out me.

“But that’s a target for the future, to be able to make an impact in the 2nd XI.”

This season for Leyland, Danny is averaging 24.3 with the bat, scoring 243 runs.

Although scoring decently, Danny isn’t over impressed with his form and definitely wants to improve in the second half of the season.

He said: “I set out at the start of the year wanting to score 600 first-team runs.

“I didn’t have a great start to be honest but I’m starting to feel really good when I’m batting now.”

Studying sports science at Cardinal Newman College, Danny is aiming be a PE teacher in the future – unless he can fulfil his dream of becoming a professional cricketer.

He said: “Turning pro is the idea and hopefully I can do that.”

Dad Andy, who has taken Danny everywhere watching him play, said: “It was abit of a surprise when Danny got the call to be selected.

“But I’m really proud of his achievements and it’s fantastic news.

“He’s done well this season and now the opportunity is here to play for the North, I’m sure he will take it.”