GOLCAR’S Eddie Wilson is getting a taste of the high life as a professional cricketer in South Africa.
The hugely talented 18-year-old is presently part of the 15-strong Yorkshire squad who are trying to qualify for the World Champions Twenty/20 League finals.
Wilson was drafted into the squad as back-up wicketkeeper to Dan Hodgson, himself a surprise call-up after Jonny Bairstow was ruled out after suffering a wrist injury during England’s World T20 campaign in Sri Lanka.
Golcar club captain Steve Whitwam said: “It’s a massive honour for Eddie, and brilliant for the club and Huddersfield.
“I don’t think he’ll get to play, but it’s a fantastic experience and opportunity for him to be out there with Yorkshire and mixing with some of the world’s top cricketers.
“By all accounts, Yorkshire regard Eddie quite highly, and I know he’s got a new Academy contract for next year.
“And the good news for us is that he will just be playing Second Eleven games, which means he should be available to play for Golcar at weekends, which is a massive bonus.
“He’s really come on in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years, and it will be brilliant to have him back with us, not just for his ability but for the enthusiasm he also brings to the side.”
A former member of Huddersfield’s Joe Lumb Cup side, Wilson managed only four games in the 2012 season for Golcar, although he did open up with a half-century against Slaithwaite in the first game.
He did play in quite a number of Yorkshire Second XI matches however last summer, and actually skippered the side on a couple of occasions.
Wilson was in the Yorkshire dug-out to watch his teammates defeat Uva Next by five wickets in the first qualifying game in Johannesburg. Last night it was Trinidad & Tobago and Yorkshire won to be guaranteed a place in the main competition, against Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians, IPL rivals Chennai Super Kings, Australia’s Sydney Sixers and the Highveld Lions of South Africa.