Rainford cricketer named in England squad

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Rainford Cricket Club’s young opening pace bowler Daniel Houghton has been called up to the England u19s squad ahead of the second four-day Test Match against India U19s in Nagpur.

The right-hander made his Lancashire second XI debut against Leicestershire in 2015 and joined Rainford after spending his time as a junior with home-town club Burscough.

Burscough trustee and former chairman John Yates said: “I’ve never seen such a devoted cricketer - he was in the nets both summer and winter trying to develop his game and has received his just rewards.”

St Helens Reporter sports writer Mr Yates added: “Both local clubs will be delighted by Daniel’s success and hopefully it will be the start of even greater achievements.”

Lancashire official Gary Yates said: “Dan is naturally delighted to receive the call-up and we wish him well if he gets the opportunity to play in the final test.

“He has worked really hard over the last 18 months since he’s been in the Academy set-up and his selection into the England U19 squad is thoroughly deserved.”

Houghton, who is part of the Lancashire Academy squad currently on a 10-day tour of Mumbai, was watched this week by former England fast bowler Jon Lewis, currently assistant coach with the England u19s squad.

England’s tour of India started last week.