Shropshire Academy call ups for Jack Home and Will Stanford-Davis

Jack Home and Will Stanford-Davis have been called up to represent Shropshire’s Academy side for the first time against Herefordshire’s Development XI at Wrekin College on Friday (11am).

They are included in a squad of 12 for the 50-over friendly.

Shifnal all-rounder Home is a member of Worcestershire’s Academy while Stanford-Davis is a wicketkeeper-batsman.

Head of Academy Ian Roe said: “Jack Home is an all-rounder and has just been selected to represent the Midlands under-15s at this year’s Bunbury Festival.

“It’s also a first call up to the academy for Will Stanford-Davis, a wicketkeeper-middle order batsman, who has come through the Shropshire Cricket Board age group pathway and has just completed his studies at Shrewsbury School.”

Sam Ellis, who has become a first-team regular for Shropshire as an opening bowler, will captain the Academy side and play as a top order batsman to add some experience.

The Herefordshire match is the second of three successive Friday fixtures for Shropshire’s Academy side.

The county were beaten by Staffordshire’s Development XI last week and will follow up facing Herefordshire with a match against Cheshire Academy at Newport Cricket Club on Friday, July 30.

“We hope to learn from the experiences of last week’s game against Staffordshire and put that learning experience into practice,” added Roe.

“Hopefully we will see a much improved, disciplined performance all round with bat, ball and in the field.

“The talent is definitely there and we are looking for the players to step up against what will be a competitive Herefordshire team.”

Shropshire Academy, from: Sam Ellis (captain), Joe Smallman, Alex Selby, Luke Thornton, Charlie Walker, Matt Lamb, Matt Rees, Ollie Gilks, Will Lewin, Adithya Manigandan, Will Stanford-Davis, Jack Home.

Pictured: Wrekin College will host Shropshire’s Academy side for the second successive Friday as the county face Herefordshire’s Development XI in a 50-over friendly.