With the rise in popularity of cricket, and the recent success of the Irish team, it comes as no surprise that more and more youngsters are taking up the game.
Kilkenny College student Stephen Gray (second year) has made a big impact with his club and with Leinster.
Over the summer just past he has played for Leinster under-13s.
In his initial trial match at YMCA CC, Stephen performed well, getting 40 runs and taking one wicket.
The medium-paced bowler was subsequently selected for the Leinster under-13s for the inter-provincial series in Cork.
Unfortunately, he had to withdraw from the squad due to injury.
Stephen was then selected on the Leinster under-13 to partake in the King’s College Cricket Festival held in Taunton from August 13–17. Stephen played in two of the four games during the tournament – the highlight of his performances being his three wickets for 28 runs in the match against Cheshire.
He also played against Gloucester, taking an excellent match-winning catch. Leinster won the tournament having beaten Cornwall, Gloucester, Yorkshire and Cheshire.
Stephen, who opens the batting for his club North Kildare, batted mid order for Leinster, and comes from a cricket family.
His sister Jennifer (Kilkenny College Class of 2010) has played for Ireland under-17s.