WORTHING Cricket Club’s Nick Oxley was the star of the show as he finished top wicket-taker to help the London and East team win the Bunbury under-15 Cricket Festival.
Oxley played in four games for the London and East team and picked up nine wickets in the process, including three in wins over the South and West and the Midlands sides.
The festival is one of the most prestigious in youth cricket, with Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Michael Vaughan and Matt Prior all having played in it.
Left-arm chinaman Oxley starred as the London and East team won the 50-over competition in Leicestershire and lost in the final of the T20 event.
Worthing High School student Oxley, 15, spoke of his delight at being the tournament’s leading wicket-taker. He said: “It was an amazing privilege to play with some great players at such a prestigious event.
“We played really well as a side and it’s brilliant that I managed to come away as the top wicket-taker at the festival. There were some really great bowlers involved, so to claim the most wickets over all the games is a great achievement.”
Oxley was also part of the London and East side at the event last year and was presented with his cap by Paul Collingwood then. This time around it was Graeme Swann who was handing them out.
Oxley said: “To come back for a second year is great and I think the standard this year was a lot better than it was last time I played here.
“It was great that Graeme was here watching, he was handing out some advice and tips to some players and watching the games.
“He was looking at how young players are coming through the English system.”
Oxley is currently involved with the Sussex youth side and also plays for Worthing’s first team, who play in Sussex League Division 2.
He said: “It’s great to be in the first team. I’ve been scoring runs and getting wickets, so it’s good.
“Hopefully, I can continue to score runs and pick up wickets in our remaining games from a personal point. From a team point of view, I hope we can keep winning games and then see where that takes us.”