BROAD OAK teenager Charlie Roebuck is the latest Huddersfield cricket product to gain international honours.
The 18-year-old who has played all this season with Yorkshire’s Academy side, and a significant number of matches for Yorkshire’s Seconds, has just left with the England Under 19 squad for a series of games in Bangladesh.
At the start of this month he spent two weeks in trials at Loughborough, scoring 87 in the second game, and was subsequently included for the Bangladesh tour.
“They were due to play a two-day practice match earlier this week, which was rained off, but he was in the side for a trial day/night game,” said his father Andy, himself a former player with Armitage Bridge and Broad Oak, with whom he is now chairman.
“There is a four-day Test in Dhaka starting on Friday, which is then followed by seven one-day internationals, so we don’t actually know just how long the tour is and when they are coming home.
“What we do know is on return, the squad, which is 24-strong, have another couple of weeks at Loughborough where they have three training sessions, plus another one in Cardiff and a fifth in Manchester.
“After that they will probably be selecting a final 16 to go to Australia in January, and then on to New Zealand where the World Cup in being staged.
“Obviously he will be hoping to impress and get a place in the final squad for the trip over to Australia.
“Charlie has been on the fringe of the side this season, played a game against Scotland during the summer and was picked for an unofficial Under 18 team for a trial game with Bangladesh, who were here in England, but he missed out through injury.”
Roebuck was in line for a place in the Bangladesh party anyway, but that became a definite when one of the regulars from Somerset joined his county for the Champions League 20/20 Trophy in India.
Unfortunately, for his Drakes League club, Roebuck managed only one appearance last season (and that was in the first round Romida Sykes Cup defeat to Hall Bower).
It remains to be seen where he will be playing his club cricket next summer as he has now finished with the county’s Academy side.