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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
When Freddie Fairey stepped out to the wicket to represent Norfolk in an under 10s match against Cambridgeshire he had a good feeling.
With willow in hand and two wickets down it was time for him to make his mark.
And two hours and 123 runs later the 10-year-old had.
The youngster put the bowlers to the sword hitting 18 fours as he helped his team to a 147 run victory.
He said: “I felt a lot better than I normally do, I wasn’t as nervous as I am usually when I go out. This time I felt really good.
“I am really pleased I’ve never pushed on to get such a big score after a good start.”
An all rounder Freddie also picked up a wicket and took a catch to help bowl Cambridgeshire out.
While cricket is in his blood, with his grandfather and great grandfather having played for Cambridgeshire, Freddie also puts in hours of practice either with coaches or with friends at the nets.
Father Michael Fairey, chairman of Stow Cricket Club where Freddie plays for three teams, said: “He has a reasonable amount of sporting genes but he works really hard.
“He is always playing cricket somewhere or practicing with a coach.
“I think at the end of the day it is nice to see him enjoying himself and having success.”
Freddie hopes to play professionally in the future and while he is still a long way off his dedication could help him reach the top.
Ben Edmonson, director of sport at Freddie’s school King’s Ely, said: “It is early days and things can change but if it just comes down to his dedication and drive he can definitely do it because he is fantastic.”
County coach Steve Goldsmith said: “It was a class innings and for under-10s it is very rare to score a century.
“The three others I can think of are all in academies now.
“Freddie is a timer of the ball and he doesn’t hit it too hard which is good.”
Freddie, who lives in South Runcton, is not a one trick pony and plays for West Norfolk Rugby Club during the winter.