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School Sport: Cool hand Luke on edge of a century; Huyton star is stuck on 99.

LUKE CONNOLLY may be the unluckiest young cricketer on Merseyside.

The Huyton batsman has twice been left high and dry on 99, and is still waiting to achieve the magic three figure mark.

'I scored both while playing for Huyton Cricket Club,' the 15-year-old told Junior Xsport. 'The first time was against Wavertree when I ran out of overs and the second was against Liverpool when I ran out of partners.'

The St Thomas Becket student is clearly regarded by Huyton CC as a great prospect, having made his first team debut last season at just 14, and he has already played again in 2005.

'Through my dad's involvement I started playing at Huyton for the under11s when I was eight, and played for all the their junior sides. I made a few 20s and 30s for the seconds before I played for the first team. I also enjoy fielding where I prefer cover point. It has been a great experience.'

At representative level, the Huyton lad has also played for Knowsley in the Merseyside Youth Games, Merseyside and the Liverpool and District team.

With his school affiliating to LSCA he is likely to play for Liverpool Schools this year.

However, cricket is not the only sporting talent that the former St Andrew's Primary School pupil displays. He is also a very fine soccer player.

'This season, I was a midfielder in the Knowsley Boys side that reached the quarter-final of the under-15 English Trophy and went out unluckily at East Riding,' he added.

'I also played for the St Anne's Juniors side that won the league and cup for three consecutive years in St Helens. This year, we moved to the Halewood League and finished third.'

The current Knowsley Boys team manager, Ian Robertson, commented: 'Luke is a very good player who likes to do things simply on the field. We used him mostly as a defensive midfielder, although he does possess a good strike on goal.

'Quite often, we had to rush him back from away games so he could fulfil cricket commitments and he used to take a bit of stick from the rest of lads for that. It was all good natured. He's a great lad

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2005
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