Midi CC youngster is picked for France U19 tour

One of Midi’s youngsters has been selected for the France U19 squad to
play in an international tournament in Germany in August following trials
in Damazan in Aquitaine in early June.

Midi CC President Marc Dalling who took four Midi youngsters to the trials
on the weekend of 1 and 2 June, reported that 15-year-old Lucian Calkin
was one of seven players from the south west selected in the 14-man
national squad.

“This is great news for Midi and I am also proud to say that our three
French youngsters, Pierre and Luca Zivanovic and Rashid Hriri, all
acquitted themselves well.”

Lucian, a batsman/wicketkeeper, attends St Laurence school in Wiltshire,
and has parents with a home in the Herault. He has already shown great
potential in the English cricket arena and was a member of the Bath
Cricket Club U15 squad that won the clubs’ national finals tournament last
August.

He showed great quality in the two limited over matches organised for the
trials, top scoring with 31 in the first game.

He played under Marc’s guidance with the Midi juniors a few years ago
and should be available to play in Midi’s friendlies after the Germany tour.
Lucian will be playing practice matches during a training camp in early
July in the Dordogne against St Aulaye, Aquitaine and Poitou selections
before the international tournament in Germany from 9-11 August.

More than 20 youngsters took part in the trials and Dalling felt that Midi’s
three French juniors gained invaluable experience in coming up against
players who were better than them.

“They knew they didn’t have a realistic chance of being selected. They
were playing against youngsters who grew up with cricket and they have
only been playing two or three years. But they were very eager and
showed great enthusiasm.

“What was promising was to see Rashid bowling on both days and getting
a couple of wickets. And the fielding of our French trio was outstanding.
They are second to none in the field. They now need to spend more time
in the nets and work on their batting and bowling.”

“It was great to see that half the squad of 14 were from the southwest so
that is very good for us. Hopefully it reflects the progress of the junior
development programme in the region.”

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