March 17, 2022
Four promising cricketers have been rewarded for becoming Durham County players with places on Northern Education Trust Dyke House Academy’s Elite Development Squad programme.
Year 7 students Charlie Poor, Oliver Wake, Harvey Lowe and Noah Larkin are the latest cohort to be named on a scheme that is in its ninth year. The quartet are all on the Durham County Cricket Club pathway following impressive performances and progress for Seaton Carew and Hartlepool cricket clubs and the boys have all been handed Elite ties at Dyke House, where they also receive strength and conditioning and sport specific sessions to assist their development.
Joe Palmer, the Hartlepool school’s Elite Development Squad’s coordinator, said: “The programme provides great opportunities for students from Hartlepool and the surrounding area. There are three tiers and these four cricketers are on Tier 3, the highest tier, because of the high standards they are achieving already. There are a further eight on the second tier and more below that. We would love those below Tier 3 to look up to those performing at that level and aspire to join them through working hard academically and in their sport during their time at Dyke House.”
Noah, who plays for Hartlepool CC, is proud to have made the Elite having consistently improved since starting to play five years ago. “It feels special to be wearing this tie,” said Noah. “It’s nice to know I have been noticed for what I have achieved so far. I want to keep developing and looking forward. I was the top batsman in the league last year and took the most wickets. I don’t want to stop there, though, I am competitive and I want to keep getting better.”
Charlie, a Hartlepool team-mate of Noah, said: “Last summer me and Harvey got picked by Durham and the summer before that Noah and Oliver did. I am extremely proud of the achievement after playing for years and I am pleased with my progress. I am a good fast-bowler, consistent and I would love to become a professional bowler when I am older so this is a good place to start.”
Charlie and Noah both started playing at Seaton Carew CC, where two other ex-Holy Trinity pupils Oliver and Harvey still play now.
Oliver said: “I started playing in primary when a coach, Mally Foster, came in and taught us softball. I enjoyed it, went to more sessions. I stepped it up and did hardball and then we all started to play for a team. I am really pleased with myself to get where I am. Hopefully I can continue to get better as a bowler, which I am more of and as a batsman. I am looking forward to the next season.”
And Harvey, 12, said: “I started a bit later than the others because I enjoyed it when I tried it when I went on a camping trip in Year 4. It started as a hobby and moved up into hardball matches. I have naturally been a good bowler from the start, maybe because my grandad used to be too. I have worked a lot with the bat as well and I have come on a lot. It feels fantastic to be on the Elite and also I know it’s pretty special to be on the pathway for one of the best county teams in the country.”