As a player for Gloucestershire Youth Academy and their Emerging Player Programme, Conway Gilbert (10DG) was selected to be one of 12 net bowlers to assist England & Ireland One Day International teams for their pre-match training session at Bristol’s Brightside Ground.
During England’s morning session, Conway a fast seam bowler, bowled against Steven Finn, David Willey, Jake Bull, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett. As the only net bowler under 18 years old he was incredibly pleased with his performance taking a couple of England wickets.
For Ireland’s afternoon session some of the other bowlers had to leave to attend university lectures. One of Conway’s Irish wickets was surprised by the speed and accuracy of the young bowler.
One the Friday Conway was invited by the teams to watch the game itself. The experience was a great opportunity for Conway to see how some of the world’s top players train and to be inspired to develop his on game.
This opportunity follows Conway’s return from his recent tour of the West Indies with Cornwall Under 15’s. Here the team were incredibly successful by winning 5 out of 9 games and being the first Cornwall team to ever beat Trinidad national team. Conway is now looking forward to this season with Gloucestershire Academy, Cornwall Under 15’s and Gorran 1st Mens XI.
More fantastic achievements Conway well done!