Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year Dylan Budge attended Bradford’s Woodhouse Grove School from 1999 to 2014, starting there at the age of three. When he moved up to the senior school in 2007, the master in charge of cricket, Ian Frost, noticed his talent for the game: “In his first season at under-12 he averaged over 100 and from then on began playing for Yorkshire Schools, it was at that point we knew he had great potential.”
Dylan was selected to play for North of England u15s at the Bunbury Festival and following that he made the decision to stop wicket keeping and focus on his bowling, which Frost believes was a crucial decision in his development and future.
In 2013 he broke the school batting record, which had been set by Andrew Bairstow in 1994 (elder brother of Jonny Bairstow), by scoring 949 runs in the season with an average of 135, which put Dylan at the top of the Wisden schoolboy averages. Dylan’s batting was such that meetings in schoolrooms overlooking the wicket would change venue because, when he was at the square, a ball was more than likely to come through the window.
In 2014 Dylan captained the school side through a record-breaking season, winning all 18 completed matches and lifting the trophy as National Schools Twenty20 champions. In the final day of this competition he scored 61 against Tonbridge and 81 in the final against Millfield.
Since leaving school, Dylan has played for Scotland u19, scoring a century in his debut, and he played for MCC schools against ESCA u17s last September, scoring 60 at Lords. He has now been awarded an academy contract with Durham County Cricket Club and in February attended a pre-season training camp in India with the team.