Cricket: Grandson of David Allen looks set for bright future

Alex Allen bowling for Gloucestershire against Hampshire

Alex Allen bowling for Gloucestershire against Hampshire

First published in Sport

HAVING learned his trade from one of the greatest cricketers Gloucestershire has ever produced, Alex Allen looks set for a bright future.

The 14-year-old Thornbury youngster was coached by his grandfather, David Allen before the former Gloucestershire and England cricketer passed away in May, and has put in several impressive performances recently.

Allen, a left-arm orthodox spinner, is captain of the Castle School side and plays for Thornbury under-15s and Gloucestershire under-14s.

As well as bowling very well for the county, Allen has produced some match-winning displays for his club side recently.

In a bowl-off in the Thornbury nets in the national cup second round he hit the stumps with all three of his deliveries, followed by figures of 4-15 in the BYCL 20-over competition.

Against Cam in the 40-over GYL competition, Allen claimed 4-10 from five overs, wiping out the middle order and taking his first hat-trick.

A right-handed batsman, he also scored his first fifty against Rockhampton in the BYCL 20-over league.

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