A PUPIL at a north Shropshire school is continuing to bowl over cricketing experts with his talents – as he was selected to tour India as part of an academy programme.

Josh Andrady, 17, from Mold in North Wales, is a Year 13 student at Ellesmere College and was named Welsh under-17 Cricket Player of the Year.

He was selected for Glamorgan and joined other talented future cricket stars on the pre-season trip to Mumbai.

Gareth Owen, Cricket Academy director at Ellesmere College, said: “Josh is an extremely talented cricketer and we’re delighted he got the opportunity to go on this tour abroad.

“He has turned in some very good performances for Wales, including 113 and 78 against Nottinghamshire and 64 runs against Staffordshire in a one-day game.

“He continues to catch the eye of the Welsh selectors to represent his country and attends the National Development Centre.”

Josh is part of the Glamorgan Academy programme which focuses on the most talented boys and girls to receive coaching by Glamorgan County Cricket Club’s staff coaches and the Cricket Wales performance manager.

Glamorgan are one of 18 first class county cricket teams in the country and many players go on and play at the highest level.

“As a result of his potential and performances, Josh earned a place on the 10-day pre-season Glamorgan Cricket Club Academy tour to India,” Mr Owen added.

“It was a wonderful opportunity, which involved an intensive cricket programme and a chance to soak up the atmosphere and rich Indian culture.

“The trip is educational and an excellent learning experience which will stand the youngsters in good stead in the future.

“He combines his commitment to Glamorgan Cricket Academy with his studies and practice at our academy here at Ellesmere College.

“He is guided through the technical and tactical aspects of his cricket development and receives a personal coaching and development programme.”