A LEYLAND schoolboy cricketer followed in the footsteps of his sporting icon Freddie Flintoff by scoring 101 not out....aged 13.
Balshaw’s High School pupil Ross Bretherton was in action for the South Ribble District Under-13 side against Chorley last week.
The talented all-rounder showed great composure along with fellow opener Emma Lamb as they put on an opening partnership of 159 for the first wicket.
However, it was Bretherton who stole the plaudits in the game with his top score.
Proud dad Mark Bretherton said: “It was an excellent innings, with 15 fours and two sixes in 31 overs.
“He probably could have got more but was forced to retire with 200 on the board.
“It was a display of great concentration of get the runs that he scored.”
Ross has been playing at Leyland’s Fox Lane since he was seven and played for the Under-8s side.
Mark said: “He has always played above himself and age category
“He is now opening the batting for the fourth team.
“I think he has done well against the better senior sides and is starting to get double figures when he faces older players.
“He is improving game by game. which is so important at his age.”
Ross had a busy weekend planned as the right-handed batsman plays for South Ribble District team against Preston at Fulwood.
Mark said: “He had that game on Tuesday then trials for Lancashire Under-13s on Wednesday.
“We are not parents who try to put pressure on him by talking about his achievements.
“But getting 101 was amazing, and some players never get it in their lifetime never mind being 13.
“He wants to play the sport professionally some day, and you never know.
“He is very patient and takes his chances and we know that in years to come the power side of his strokes will come to his game.”