Tonbridge cricketer earns Academy call-up

Tonbridge School’s Sam Hadfield (FH2) has capped a fine year by being selected for Kent Cricket’s Academy at the age of just 14.

The Academy aims to develop young players and prepare them for a future in the professional game. Sam, who is an all-rounder, will be receiving high-quality coaching in all aspects of the game, and will develop his technical, tactical, leadership and lifestyle skills during the next 12 months.

Jason Weaver, the Academy’s High Performance Director, said: “We are pleased to have Sam involved in our programme, and his selection is very much deserved. Kent Cricket Club has a good reputation for developing young players and that is something we are keen to maintain. I would also stress that we couldn’t do this without the support and hard work of schools, clubs and the area programme.”

Last season Sam was a member of the school’s U15 team that won the ESCA (English Schools’ Cricket Association) National One Day Cup, making vital contributions with bat and ball in both the semi-finals and final. He was also part of the Cowdrey Cup-winning side in June, an achievement made more impressive as it is rare for a member of the Novi to be selected for the 1st XI. Sam has already represented Kent’s second XI.

Chris Morgan, the school’s Director of Sport, described Sam as ‘a special talent’, adding: “This call up to the Kent Academy is a remarkable achievement for one so young. It is a tribute to Sam’s hard work, and the support of his parents and coaches.”