Shropshire’s Harry Cooke to represent the Midlands Under 15s at Bunbury Festival

Shropshire all-rounder Harry Cooke has been called up to represent the Midlands Under 15s at the prestigious Bunbury Festival next month at Felsted School in Essex.

Harry Cooke pictured earlier this season when he took two hat-tricks in the same game
Harry Cooke pictured earlier this season when he took two hat-tricks in the same game

It comes off the back of a successful season playing for Shropshire Under 15s, Shrewsbury School and Shrewsbury CC where he has been in good form with the bat and also picked up plenty of wickets.

The Bunbury Festival is now part of the official player pathway leading to the England Age-Group set up, with next year’s Under 16s England squad picked after the Best Of Bunbury game which is held during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

And he will be following in the footsteps of England selector James Taylor and World Cup winners Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali who are all former Midlands Bunburys.

Harry hails from North Shropshire and attended the Grove School at Market Drayton and played for the Market Drayton CC before he made the move to Shrewsbury School.

This season he has scored numerous 50s and also reached three figures for Shropshire Under 15s against Bedfordshire at Newport.

And he has also excelled with the ball, taking two hat-tricks with his medium-fast seamers for Shropshire in their victory over Herefordshire.

He is also a talented footballer – his father is Andy Cooke who started his career with Telford United before going on to be play professionally for Stoke, Shrewsbury and Burnley amongst others.

Harry will be presented with his Midlands cap in front of the Sky Sports cameras by former England skipper Sir Alistair Cook during the Bunbury Festival.

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