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Cricket champion Freddie Flintoff leaves pupil starstruck

13-year-old Suhas Shekar got a surprise visit after his latest school cricket match 

Posted by Hannah Vickers | July 18, 2017 | Sports & Leisure

A talented cricketer at Rydal Penrhos got more than he bargained for when he turned in a match-winning performance last weekend.

Suhas Shekar, a Year 8 pupil at the school, was part of the U13 side that claimed a nine-wicket success over Oswestry School at New Field on Saturday.

The bowler claimed four wickets in as many balls to leave the visitors all out on 92. This earned the 13-year-old the Man of the Match award, which was presented to him by none other than legendary England all-rounder Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.  

The iconic figure visited Rydal Penrhos in support of his son, who was part of the Lancashire U11 side that were taking on Wales at the school ground later that day.

Josh Lynch, who had earlier taken three catches, aided his side’s cause with a knock of 34, before Prestatyn Cricket Club youngster Anthony Bowe played a number of classy strokes to end the day unbeaten on 36.

Another to impress was Tom Hughes, who lent support at the other end with 16 not out.

It was a truly remarkable performance from Suhas, and to perform like that in the presence of one of the greatest England cricketers in history was very special - Allen Boyd, Director of Sport at Rydal Penrhos

Director of Sport, Allen Boyd said: “It was a truly remarkable performance from Suhas, and to perform like that in the presence of one of the greatest England cricketers in history was very special.

“It was an excellent performance from the U13 side, and it was also great to have Lancashire and Wales here at our fantastic facilities for what was a very memorable occasion.”

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