Oval dreams!

Harrison Phelan
Harrison Phelan

AN avid Pendle cricketer is set to have his name up in lights at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Young Harrison Phelan will embark on a seven-match tour of the Caribbean island with a Lancashire select squad which will include a pre-season warm-up at the Fontabelle Mecca just west of the capital city Bridgetown; a venue which has played host to the 2007 Cricket World Cup final and the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 final last May as England beat Australia by seven wickets.

And the 12-year-old left-handed middle order batsman has been assured that his name will flash up in lights on The Oval scoreboard, along with the rest of his team-mates, when they enter the crease.

The Barrowford all-rounder, who represents Nelson Cricket Club and the Pendle District, has so far raised £1,100 of the £1,500 needed for the trip on April 11th.

Country Holidays in Earby, Andrew Thompson bookmakers in Nelson, Howard Rigg and the Pendle Cricket Development have so far vowed their support through sponsorship.

Harrison’s mum Alison, who will fly out to Barbados with the squad alongside husband Marcus and son Spencer, said: “It will be a bit of an emotional moment when it happens.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for someone so young to play somewhere as prestigious as that.

“It will be an extremely emotional time and something to remember.

“It will be a life-changing event for him and he will be able to treasure the memories forever. We are very proud of him.”

Last year, Harrison shone for Lancashire after a call-up for the county Under 12s, after being spotted playing for the Pendle District team.

He is also a talented footballer, playing in goal for the Burnley centre of excellence, and the Park High School pupil is also a budding golfer at Nelson Golf Club.