Leinster 'Find a fast bowler' award goes to Josh Little
Josh Little bowling
Merrion’s Australian fast bowling professional Matt Petrie selected Josh Little as this year’s winner of ‘Find a Fast Bowler’ award, when conducting several bowling clinics with the province’s most promising quick bowlers.
Little who is aged 11, first started playing after being introduced to Kwik cricket at St Andrew’s College and then encouraged by a friend to join Pembroke Cricket Club. He’s a left arm seam bowler and has represented South Leinster and Leinster U’11s.
Petrie was very happy with the chosen winner, "Josh is a worthy winner of the Leinster Cricket Union’s ‘Find a Fast Bowler’ talent identification programme for this season. Josh is a good kid, has a steady head on his shoulders and should prove a formidable opponent in years to come. He reminds me of a young Mitchell Johnson except he has more control and can naturally swing the ball into the right-hander which seems to be a winning combination,” said Petrie.
Petrie, who again topped the Leinster bowling averages observed many bowlers during his 4th season in Ireland commenting; ‘It is important Ireland keeps pushing these types of programmes to grow its stock of young fast bowlers. If Ireland is to be competitive on the world stage fast bowling is an area that is a must. To be successful you need a lot of skill and strength as well as a good technique. What I have seen in Leinster this season gives me hope with several young seam bowlers starting to make a name for themselves,” concluded Petrie.