Teenage cricketer Luke is name to remember

When it comes to promising, young cricketers to watch out for in the future, remember the name Luke Baddeley.

Monday, 1st May 2017, 3:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:07 pm
Teenage spinner Luke Baddeley, who is making his mark for Chesterfield.

For although he is only 15 years old, spinner Luke has made an eyecatching start to the new season with Chesterfield’s first team.

He has played in all three matches the club have contested so far, and in two of them, he has been the pick of the bowlers.

Against Cleethorpes in the Royal London Club Championship, he produced a mature spell of admirably tight bowling, which put real pressure on the opposition batsmen. And in Chesterfield’s latest Derbyshire Premier League match against Alvaston and Boulton on Saturday, he took three key wickets, including that of the visitors’ top scorer, Matthew Gapes.

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“These were definitive statements from a very talented cricketer,” said a spokesman for the club.

Luke, who started playing cricket when he was six, is a product of Chesterfield’s successful junior section, which is headed by his influential father, Stuart. He was originally a fast bowler, but then turned to spin.

A popular and unassuming member of the club, he said: “My ultimate ambition is to play for England, but I need to focus on my current game and keep learning.”