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17th August 2019 News

Luke Doneathy makes England under-19s debut

Durham Cricket young bowling prospect  Luke Doneathy made his England under-19s debut last week in the national sides tri series fixtures against India and Bangladesh.

Doneathy who has impressed for Durham seconds and Durham academy played against Bangladesh and India at the Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham.

The right-arm quick bowler impressed with England Young Lions earlier in the month taking three wickets and scoring 58 against Bangladesh leading to his call up for England.

The 18-year-old then went onto take 3/60 from 10 overs against Bangladesh in the tri-series as England tied with Bangladesh, both sides finishing level on 256 from 50 overs.

Luke said: “It was an unbelievable feeling to be called up to the 19s squad in the tri series this summer, something I definitely didn’t expect and was a massive surprise.

“It was a massive relief to get my first wicket and settled the nerves for the rest of the game.

“It was a hugely special moment and something I’ll remember for a long time.”

Luke added: “ It was amazing getting around the England camp especially with the summer we have had with the 50 over format.

“There is a real buzz about it all and is a real intent on the 19s side replicating the success in the winter in South Africa.

“It gives me massive excitement for the future. Even if I don’t get another call up it still gives you the feeling that anything is around the corner and I can’t wait to finish the rest of this season and see what the winter and next year brings.”

Durham Cricket Academy Head Coach, John Windows said: “Luke has worked very hard over the past few seasons so to be selected for the England under-19s squad shows his hard work has paid off, he thoroughly deserves the call up.”


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