Teenage Carlisle Cricket Club all-rounder Henry Walker has joined Australian team Dennington Cricket Club.
Walker, 19, who has also played football for Carlisle City, scoring for their first-team, was a regular in Carlisle’s Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division title-winning side this season and will now try his luck Down Under this winter as he represents Dennington who are based in Warrnambool, Victoria.
“We at Edenside are all delighted that Henry has decided to go Down Under this winter,” said Carlisle secretary Mark Davidson.
“This really will have a positive impact on his game in so many ways. He took 43 wickets at 13.02 in all competitions this summer and finished third in the Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division [bowling] averages.
“Along with Fraser Conn and [club professional] Mike Slack, Henry has made an outstanding contribution to the Carlisle bowling attack in 2019, and we will be keeping a close keen eye on his performances down in Victoria this winter.”
Meanwhile one of Walker’s Carlisle team-mates, Ben Davidson, has been crowned Cumbria Cricket League’s Under-21 player of the year.
Davidson, alongside Slack, formed a formidable opening partnership for Carlisle this summer, with the pair both regularly representing Cumberland’s team who reached the Unicorns Trophy final.
Elsewhere, this week, Cleator’s David Blackwell won the league’s Premier Division player of the year award, with Seascale man Adam Brown Division One’s player of the year and Steven Lee, of Cleator’s second-team, taking the Division Two player of the year gong.
Following the completion of a successful 2019 campaign, Carlisle have also recognised their Junior players at a recent presentation night.
With the event taking place at Edenside on September 25, for the Under-15s team, Kelton Phipps was named sportsperson of the year, batsman of the year went to Peter Gower, wicket-keeper Connor Currie was player of the year, while Thomas Sawdon took the bowler of the year gong, Jake Uppard won most improved player and Mark Musgrave was named players’ player.
In the Under-13s’ category, which included both the Under-13s Blue and Green sides, Harry Mclinden, Kieran Titterington, Taylor Sagala, Aidan Turner, Flynn Wilson, Sam Grieve, Sam Routledge, Jack Barratt and Euan Wright were among those recognised.
Meanwhile, for the Under-11s, Freddie Newton, Oscar Higgin, Ollie Turner, Ethan Watson and Eddie Taylor were among those to earn praise from the club’s coaches.