Former Haverhill player turns out for Sussex (well sort of)

Luke Youngs batting for Haverhill last season.
Luke Youngs batting for Haverhill last season.

Former Haverhill cricketer Luke Youngs enjoyed the thrill of carrying out 12th man duties for Sussex during their recent county championship match.

The 21-year-old is on a 12-month internship with the LV County Championship Division One side as part of the Sport and Exercise Science degree that he is studying at the University of Hertfordshire, where he has completed two years.

Youngs got the chance to get out onto the field while Sussex were attempting to bat out the last day of their match with Durham at Arundel last week, after being asked to do so by Sussex head coach, Mark Robinson.

“They had a few injuries during the first few days and a lot of people were not there on the last day, so rather than call up a player from the seconds to leave them short they asked me to do it,” said Youngs.

“That’s why I posted it everywhere (on social media) because I was so excited.”

Youngs took drinks and whatever else was needed out to the Sussex players during their innings, helping the likes of Sussex and Ireland skipper, Ed Joyce, Luke Wells. Scotland World Cup player Matt Machan and England player Luke Wright.

During his internship, wicketkeeper/batsman Youngs, who left Haverhill last winter and now plays for Mildenhall, is assisting Sussex’s coaches with a number of duties, including warm-ups and video analysis, on which he works closely with bowling coach, Jon Lewis.

n Haverhill first-team play away to Dunmow on Saturday in Marshall Hatchick Division Two (1pm).