A Giltbrook youngster has taken the latest step in achieving his dream of becoming a professional cricketer.
Charlie Mann, a pupil at Beauvale Primary School, was playing for Derbyshire under 10s in a match against Shropshire u10s and stroked his way to an impressive 108 not out off just 80 balls.
Dad Simon explained: “We believe this is the first century by a Derbyshire junior at that age since Paul Borrington played at this level. He now plays for the first team at Derbyshire and his achievement was about 15 years ago.”
Charlie joined Denby Cricket Club when he was eight, playing in the u11s. Now aged ten, he plays in the u11s, u12s and u13s sides there.
He scored his century representing Derbyshire u10s in a game at Brailsford CC. Charlie went for trials at Derbyshire last August and started winter training with them in January.
Simon continued: “I was getting him to play as soon he could get a bat in his hand, from the age of two.
“He has had coaching in the Denby setup too. He’s a strong lad and is able to play some powerful shots. What impressed me was his concentration too, to keep batting for that length of time. His teammates thought he was in with a chance of getting a century, so they helped get the strike.
“Charlie took it all in his stride and said he was surprised he could do that.
He is a big fan of Kevin Pietersen and he likes to play his shots.
“His ultimate aim is to become a professional cricketer.”