Sam Ellis

All-rounder Sam joined Formby, who play in the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition, early in the 2021 season.

He had previously played for Birmingham League premier division club Shrewsbury after signing from Whitchurch ahead of the 2019 season.

During his time at Heath Road, Sam had helped Whitchurch return to the Birmingham League as Shropshire League champions in 2017, a season in which he struck a double century while opening the batting for Shropshire’s under-17s.

An attacking right-handed batter and right-arm paceman, Sam, who has also previously captained Ellesmere College, is currently studying at university in Leeds.

He received the man of the match award after impressing for a Shropshire XI in a special Twenty20 match against the RAF at Oswestry, arranged as part of the RAF’s centenary celebrations, in May 2018.

He claimed match figures of 5-58 on his Championship debut against Oxfordshire at Banbury in July 2019, with two wickets in the first innings followed by three more in the second.

Sam has played for Shropshire’s Academy side and is another player with a bright future.

His preparations for the 2021 season included playing for Leeds/Bradford MCCU against both Yorkshire and Warwickshire, with further appearances against first-class counties before the 2022 season. Sam was invited to play for Kent’s second team in July 2021.