A SPECTACULAR performance from rising star Sam Noden steered Sandal Cricket Club’s second team to another win in Pontefract and District League Division 6.
Sam, 15, produced a superb unbeaten knock of 164 that not only secured 10 points for his team but broke a 20-year-old club batting record.
The sports-mad Kettlethorpe High School student, whose home backs onto the Sandal pitch, has been playing cricket at the club since he was eight and has gone on to play for school teams and the Pontefract and District League’s U15s and U17s teams.
Last season, Sam topped the league’s Division 6 U18s batting averages and he also plays for Wrenthorpe Cricket Club’s U17s in midweek games.
But it was last weekend’s display that rewrites the Sandal record books, beating the previous record of 156 held by Richard Shackleton.
Sam’s proud mother Karen said: “He plays cricket, football, basketball and golf but I think it is cricket that is his favourite.
“He loves playing at Sandal. I think there are probably other clubs who would like to get Sam to play for them but he is very loyal to Sandal.”
Sam will be attending Wakefield College to study sport development in September and has followed in the footsteps of older brother Tom, 22, who is currently studying sports science at Liverpool John Moores University.
It’s not only with the bat that Sam excels. His figures of 6-42 were the best bowling performance for Sandal’s second team last season and he was in the wickets again last weekend.
Despite staying at the crease to help Sandal reach 307-2 at home to Hooton Pagnell, Sam still had the energy to take three wickets as the visitors slumped to 100 all out.
The result leaves Sandal sitting pretty at the top of the table.
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