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CRICKET: James bowls them over at Weymouth
6:00pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
AFTER a baptism of fire on the opening day of last season there has been no looking back for Weymouth seam bowler Joe James.
The 13-year-old from Chickerell was thrown in at the deep end in May when he made his debut for Weymouth Seconds at Broad-stone.
But 12 overs later and it was clear that the teenager could more than hold his own in Dorset League cricket.
And his performances were that impressive he was named the club’s young cricketer of the year at their inaugural sports and social evening earlier this month.
Now playing for his club in the West Dorset Indoor League, James, a Lancashire supporter, was originally a wicketkeeper before finding his true calling.
“Since I was young I have played a lot of racket and bat sports,” said James. “I was invited to cricket training at the Wessex Academy and it all kicked off from there.
“I was a wicketkeeper then, but when I began at the academy, Dave Trotter said I’d make a better bowler and I started from scratch.
“Over the winter with the academy I was getting better and that summer I had a pretty good season with West Dorset and Weymouth, and I also played for Dorchester.”
The Budmouth School pupil added: “At the beginning of this season we had a match at Broadstone which I went to.
“We weren’t short on players but had some people who were making up the numbers.
“I then found out I was going to be opening the bowling and I came on in the second over and bowled 12 overs, since then I’ve been bowling every game.
“I’ve enjoyed it and played quite well.
“The first couple of games were difficult but once I got to know everybody it was like playing for any team.
“It was great to win the award and I would like to thank Andy Jarvis, Dave Trotter, Hugh Lawes and the rest of the seconds for giving me the opportunity to play.”
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