HOLMFIRTH’S Max Morley is starting to make his mark at senior level with the Bridge End club, but he’s also been impressing at Under 19 level after being awarded the Lawrence Bennett Trophy for the leading player in the St Peter’s Festival with Yorkshire Schoolboys.
Morley, who is a left-arm spinner, is playing his first full season with Holmfirth’s first team and certainly impressed with a five-wicket haul against Meltham.
Having been selected (alongside Scholes’ Tom Brook) for the Yorkshire Schoolboys Under 19s, he played in all five game in the Festival in York, following which he was presented with the Bennett Trophy, to add his name to an illustrious list of players, one of which is that of former England captain Michael Vaughan, who won in 1991.
“We played against sides from Lancashire, Derbyshire, Durham, Stafford and Leicestershire, and had victories over Durham and Leicestershire,” said Morley, who picked up two for 18 off 10 overs in the defeat to Derbyshire under the watchful eye of Yorkshire’s Second team coach.
The Festival is an annual event and is comprised of Under 19 players who are not in County Academy sides.
“I played in all five games, finishing with accumulated figures of seven for 124, and now I’m hoping to get some trials with an Academy somewhere.”
Next on the agenda for Morley is a game for the Yorkshire Cricket Board side against Lancashire next month, when he will be playing alongside Broad Oak’s Jack Hargreaves and Scholes’ Brook.
Although primarily a bowler, Morley showed he can also bat, after top-scoring with 37 in Holmfirth’s defeat to Thongsbridge in the Oddfellows Cup semi-final.