Former Worksop College pupil and cricketer, Oliver Blackburn, has recently been awarded the Yorkshire U19 Player of the Year for the 2019 season.
This is an excellent achievement considering it is the first season that Oliver has played age group county cricket and still has one more year to play within this category.
An all-rounder, Oliver chipped in with vital wickets with his off-spin, taking 4 for 38 against Lancashire. It was however, his performances with the bat, which stood out - his top score being his unbeaten century against Middlesex, ending exactly 100 not out from 184 deliveries.
Head of Cricket, Neil Longhurst, was full of praise for the recently departed student;
"It was a pleasure to work with Oliver during his time here at the College. With the effort and attitude he showed throughout winter training, it didn't surprise me to see his improvement over the past two years. He was a key member of our 1st XI, both on and off the pitch, a very likeable lad with a great sense of humour. We're thrilled to see what he's been able to achieve on a representative level and he's a big loss for our 1st XI this coming season."
Oliver wasn’t able to collect his award on the evening as he is currently playing club cricket in Cape Town, with Durbanville CC, alongside Ruben Senekal, one of our exchange students from Paul Roos Gimnasium who represented our 1st XI last year.
Oliver will be starting his Sports Science degree at Leeds Beckett University this coming September and we wish him lots of luck.