Ed Barnard (PH LVI) is training with the England U19 Development Squad, who are currently on tour in South Africa where they are scheduled to play two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals against South Africa U19s, as part of the build-up for the Under 19 World Cup in February 2014.
When Ed came in to bat on the first day of the first Test, England were deep in trouble in their first innings on 89 for 5. By the end of the day, Ed had scored his first international century and was unbeated at 107. Ed finished on Day 2 with a score of 114 off 294 balls, including 12 fours, and England eventually won the Test by 107 runs.
Ed took the final catch to secure victory, and was duly named Player of the Match. As Director of Sport Paul Greetham commented, this is a 'stunning international debut, in possibly the most stunning ground [Newlands]' - and that was only on Day 2.
The full report is on the CricInfo website: www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/593029.html
The 2nd Youth Test match (3rd - 6th February at Paarl) wasn't quite so successful - South Africa won by 67 runs!
Ed, who joined our Sixth Form last term, has already represented England at the Under 17 level. He and his two brothers Michael (Rb 2006-2008) Stephen (Rb 2009-2011) all play for Shrewsbury Cricket Club's 1st XI, and Ed is also a member of Worcestershire's Academy and has been in the England Development Programme for the past two years.
Worcestersshire's Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, commented "Ed is a talented all-rounder with an old head on young shoulders" and Shrewsbury Cricket Club's Captain Rob Foster concurs "he's an outstanding talent... he's equally as good at each of the three disciplines: batting, bowling and fielding."
Ed has recently signed his first professional contract with Worcestershire CCC, and will be playing for them over the next two summers.