At 20 years of age, most cricketers are just starting on their quest for success in the senior game.
But for one Chorley lad, it’s safe to say he has already enjoyed success in the game.
Making his senior debut at 12 and scoring a hundred in the same season, Adlington’s Tom Foster is now into his
second year as the club’s
Last year, Tom finished with a respectable 543 runs and took 32 wickets.
But stats don’t tell the full story as a back injury picked up during a spell in Australia meant he couldn’t bowl his usual left-arm medium fast.
He said: “The back injury came at a terrible time as I’d started off bowling well and then I just couldn’t bowl quick.
“But I was still pleased to contribute taking wickets bowling spin and the side really did well.”
In that first year as the pro, Adlington came oh so close to winning the Bolton Association, only missing out on the final day of the season.
Tom added: “ Coming second in my first year as pro was excellent for the team.
“It showed how well we played as a team and we were consistent throughout the season.”
But consistency isn’t something Adlington have shown this season, although Tom feels a run is right around the corner.
He said: “Consistency is something we have lacked this year and we need to improve on that.”
Another positive for Tom and Adlington is his return to bowling seam up, which he said he has ‘sorely missed’.
He added:“My back feels good now and I’m delighted that I can start bowling properly again.”
Foster hasn’t always plied his trade at Adlington.
Tom, who lives in Charnock Richard, has previously had spells at Northern League Club Leyland and also Liverpool Competition side Leigh.
He had an unusual two years at Leyland and he admits it was the first time he really suffered a setback in adult cricket.
He said: “When I moved to Leyland, I was really keen to make an impact.
“But I realised it wasn’t going to be easy, as I didn’t bowl all the time and wasn’t scoring frequent runs – it’s the first time I realised adult cricket can be harsh on you.”
But after those tough times at Leyland, his next venture at Leigh was the opposite.
He scored more than 900 runs in two seasons, although he still struggled to make an impact with the ball.
“I really enjoyed my time at Leigh, getting on really well with everybody, but I didn’t bowl as much as I wanted to.” said Tom
As a junior, Foster has represented Lancashire and captained the side from the age of 13 to 16, and also played a year above his age group.
Lancashire rated Foster highly and he is desperate to return to the days when he could make impact with bat and ball.
He said: “Lancs always said if I could bowl the same as I could bat, I wouldn’t be far off.
“Now I’m not injured I want to return to those days and be a complete all rounder.
“I’ve played with Luis Reece, Henry Thompson, Danny Lamb and Liam Hurt and to see they are doing well gives me hope I can as well.”
But he admits he really isn’t sure where cricket will take him.
He said: “I’d like to return to the Liverpool Competition where I played my toughest cricket, but in all honesty, who knows what will happen?”