A TEENAGER from Knaresborough has been selected to play for the England Under 17s cricket squad.
King James’s School student Jonathan Tattersall, 16, will join the rest of the U-17s squad at a week-long training camp starting this Friday.
There is no official U-17s game scheduled until April, but the camp will give Tattersall a chance to impress and stake a claim on a future place next year.
The batsman and sometime leg-spin bowler has been part of the Yorkshire Academy since the age of 13, and currently plays in their Yorkshire League team at present.
He has also turned out for home town Aire Wharfe side Knaresborough CC.
However, the call to join up at the England came came rather out of the blue.
Jonathan said: “I was quite surprised when they called me.
“We had just played a match against the current U-17s team and I wasn’t expecting it at all.
“The first camp starts on Friday and goes on for the whole of half term.
“It should be a pretty good experience to play with some of the other people there.”
Jonathan is already familiar with his new team-mates after nine years playing county cricket.
He is targeting a long career in the sport at both county and hopefully international level.
He said: “I’m hopeful that I can go on playing for Yorkshire and maybe get into the England U-19s team as well.”
Cricket runs firmly through the veins of the Tattersall family, with father Richard playing and brother James turning out for Harrogate CC and representing Yorkshire’s second team.