Hurst student joins Sussex Cricket pro squad in South Africa

February 21, 2018

Lower sixth student in two week pre-season cricket tour of Cape Town

Hurst College Lower Sixth student and member of the Sussex Cricket Boys’ Academy, Jack Carson will join the Sussex professional squad on their two-week pre-season tour to Cape Town, South Africa next month.

An off-spinning all-rounder in his first year with the Academy, Jack was raised in Ireland, previously played age-group cricket for Ireland, but has been part of the Sussex set-up since he was an under-12 and is now working towards England qualification.

As part of his on-going development, the tour will provide Jack with the opportunity to fully immerse himself in the culture of the first team, train and play alongside the likes of Jofra Archer, Ben Brown, Luke Wells and develop a relationship with Sussex’s new Head Coach, Jason Gillespie. Ten of the current Sussex professionals on the tour are Academy graduates, including former Hurst students George Garton and Tom Haines.

Hurst College has close links with Sussex Cricket, sponsoring their Blackstone Academy Ground, where many of the county’s junior, 2nd XI and disability matches are played.

Academy Director, Carl Hopkinson, said: “Joining the squad’s pre-season tour will be an invaluable experience for Jack. He has developed really well so far this winter, and inclusion in the tour party is deserved recognition of the progress he is making. The trip will give him a further taste of the demands on a professional cricketer and an indication of where he is in comparison to our first team squad.”