Glamorgan duo prepare for Under-19 World Cup

  • Lewis Morgan
  • 5 January 2018 02:25 PM
  • Cricket News

Glamorgan all-rounders Prem Sisodiya and Roman Walker have arrived in New Zealand as part of the England under-19s World Cup squad.

It is the first time Glamorgan Cricket Club has had two players in the England age-group since former players Ben Wright and Mike O’Shea toured Bangladesh in 2005-06.

The pair made their debuts for the side in a warm-up tournament in South Africa against the host nation and Namibia in December.

Sisodiya made a spectacular debut, hitting 63 and taking four wickets in a win over Namibia.

"I wasn't expecting it but it was nice to get a few runs and wickets in the first game, then a couple of wickets against South Africa,” said Sisodiya.

"I just want to contribute to the team in whatever role I'm needed to play, it would be nice to go out and score some runs at the end, take some important wickets and keep the run-rate down.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started (at the Word Cup). It will be a new experience. I’m a bit nervous, but it will be a new challenge too and I can’t wait.”

Walker, a 17-year-old seam bowler from Wrexham, was shocked to be called up for the tour to South Africa but relished the opportuiniy it presented. 

"I didn't believe it at first, I was just over the moon," he said. 

"It was very enjoyable, I just got to know the standard of cricket and I managed to impress enough to get my name on the plane to New Zealand."

The North Walian was quick to praise Glamorgan’s coaching team who have helped him with his development.

"Twelve months ago I wasn't even on the academy with Glamorgan, so it's been such a big 12 months I'm still getting to grips with it," he said.

“I’ve been working with Rich Almond the academy director, but all the coaches have helped me out at some point, Rob Croft, Steve Watkin, Adrian Shaw, Dave Harrison, they’ve all had a say in my development in the last 12 months, they’ve all had an impact with different pieces of advice and skill."

England are in a group with Namibia, Bangladesh and Canada and kick-off their campaign on Monday, 15th January against Namibia and have a good chance of progressing to the knock-out stages, according to Walker.

"From what I saw in South Africa we've played pretty well so we should go far,” he said. 

"We found out how well we can play together (in South Africa) and who we can rely on, as a team we've realised that everyone has worked hard and deserves to be there, we respect each other."

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