England cap joy for Norfolk cricketer Trevor Shales

Trevor Shales.

Trevor Shales. - Credit: Submitted

Whilst the English cricket team has been faring badly out in Australia and the press and media have been on their backs, it is not all doom and gloom for one local player.

Trevor Shales, born in Great Yarmouth, has just won his first cap playing for the England Over-60s on the seventh tour of Barbados in the West Indies.

Many counties have over-50s, 60s and 70s teams as indeed does Norfolk. Trevor plays regularly for Norfolk over-60s and was delighted to be selected to play for England Seniors.

Shales' cricketing journey started at Wroughton Primary in Gorleston before continuing at The Technical High School where teachers encouraged the young Trevor to play cricket he played for Tech Old Boys, NALGO and Great Yarmouth CC, the latter still being his club of choice.

Moving forward saw Trevor captaining Brightlingsea for six years (1996-2002) and during this time he gained his coaching qualification, working part-time coaching for Essex CC.

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It was here that so much was learned about the game from other coaches that added new dimensions to his game. Having moved away from Norfolk, during 2003 to 2007 Trevor played for Broadstone CC in Dorset where in five seasons he took 100 wickets, no mean feat on small grounds where boundaries were easy to come by.

Returning to Norfolk, Trevor was soon picked for Norfolk Over-50s, spent a season at Hales and Loddon before returning to Great Yarmouth CC, helping them win the Norfolk League in 2013 and taking a staggering 100 wickets in just three seasons.

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Success to some comes late in life, with Trevor the cricketing story just goes on as this year he has been selected to play once again for England Seniors where Scotland and Australia will be the opposition.

Shales' success shows few signs of stopping and he will be taking wickets and scoring runs for many years to come.

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