Huddersfield New College has revealed that recent Alumnus and Cricket Academy student Ben Cliff has been selected for the England Men’s Young Lions (U19) squad that will tour Sri Lanka later this month in a five-match series. The tour is part of England’s preparation ahead of the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean starting in January.

Ben was Captain of our Cricket Academy team and won the AoC T20 National for HNC. He was picked for the Emerging Players Programme in August 2020. During summer this year he played for Yorkshire Academy, and made his second team debut this year too. Following his selection for the England Men’s Young Lions squad he will have the chance to make the U19 World Cup Squad for the Caribbean in January 2022.  Ben left HNC in 2020 after studying BTEC Sport and A Level History. 

Pete Lombard, Talented Athletes Programme Lead says: “We were thrilled to hear that Ben has been selected for the England Men’s Young Lions club. Since he left HNC last year his career as a cricketer has gone from strength to strength. Our Cricket Academy supports students to combine their passion for their sport with their studies, and grow their sporting skills. We are so very proud of Ben’s success, and we very much hope he will progress to the U19 World Cup Team, and play in the West Indies in 2022. As a College, we would like to congratulate Ben, and wish him the best of luck!”

Ben Cliff says: “It’s a huge honour to be picked to play for the Young Lions and I'm really looking forward to getting out to Sri Lanka with the squad. It’s a rewarding end to a year that started with so much uncertainty and disruption to my training structure with Yorkshire, due to Covid-19. HNC played a huge part in helping me, and a few other players, get some cricket in during this time. I would like to thank HNC and Pete for all the support I was given with my sport and my studies!”
In Year 11? Do you play a sport competitively at a regional, national or international level? Then take a look at our Talented Athletes Programme which ensures you can combine success in your sport with success in your studies! Find out more via our virtual Open Event platform here. You can also join us at our final Open Event on 1st December.

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