Hancock picked for Bunbury U15 Festival

Max Hancock (right) at the Devon Cricket Awards collecting a trophy from
Max Hancock (right) at the Devon Cricket Awards collecting a trophy from

DEVON’S Max Hancock has been selected for the South & West side to play in the forthcoming Bunbury Festival.

The festival, now in its 30th year, brings together the top 60 cricketers at under-15 level across the country to play against each other in regional teams.

County coaches spent all week at the festival, checking out the next generation of talent.

Since the first festival was hosted at Harrow School in 1987, more than 300 graduates have gone on to play First Class cricket and 60 have played for England – including current captain Joe Root.

Left-arm spinner Hancock plays for Sidmouth and attends Millfield School.

Hancock has been on Devon’s last two Development tours to South Africa, taking 13 wickets in 2016 and 20 this year. His stats – 20 at 9.9 each – are a record for the tour.

The festival will be held at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire from July 17-21.

Previous Devon youngsters to take part in the Bunbury Festival include Justin Yau, Matt Cooke and James Fraser in the same year, Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Kazi Szymanski, Marc Bettis, Matt Hickey, Liam Lewis, David Lye, Kevin Barrett, Lewis Gregory, Matt Wood, Shane Evenden, Luke Bess, Chris Read, Steve Edmonds, Sam Wyatt-Haines and others.

Squad: Toby Albert, Hamza Arif (both Berkshire), Morgan Bevans (Wales), Luke Charlesworth (Oxfordshire). Max Hancock (Devon), Sam Jardine (Wales), George Mezger, Fletcha Middleton (both Hampshire), Will Naish (Gloucestershire), egid Phillips (Wales), Tom Prest (Dorset), Henry Smeed, Will Smeed (both Somerset), Tom South (Hampshire).