Llantwit teenager heads for Lord’s Cricket Ground | News

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

– Local People

by Tim ChapmanGEM Reporter


A cricket mad teenager who lives in Llantwit Major has been chosen to act as the scorer for a match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Tomos Jones, aged 16, who attends Llantwit Major Comprehensive School, is due to travel up to London in June.

He said: “I’ll be scoring over two days at a JP Morgan corporate event. I’ll even be having my breakfast in the Long Room.”

The Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground is one of the most historic locations in world cricket.

Tomas has been there before and explained: “I saw it when I went on a tour of Lord’s with my family.

“I also went to the ground to watch Glamorgan in a final a couple of years ago. My ambition is to one day become the scorer for Glamorgan Cricket Club.”

Tomos started scoring for Llantwit Major cricket team last year after taking part in a pilot course run by Wales Association of Cricket Officials (ACO). Over the winter he took part in courses run by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricketeens, and took the stage 1 and 2 umpiring courses.

He has been supported in his development by Rhodri Jones, a development officer with Cricket Wales, and Kevin Probert of Newport Cricket Club and the ACO.

His stepfather Scott Wilks said Tomos had come a long way in a short time: “Tomos had a love of cricket but wasn’t up to the standard to play but decided he wanted to be involved. Thanks to the courses and the encouragement he has received, his confidence and interpersonal skills have improved beyond belief.

“He has just been taken on by Cricket Wales boys under 13s as scorer and last week received notification that he is off to score at Lord’s.”

The old days of a pen and paper to record matches are over and Tomos will be using a computer instead.

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