TEENAGE wicketkeeper Patrick Grieshaber has set his sights on earning a contract at Gloucestershire.
The 15-year-old, who started playing cricket at Marshfield, capped off an impressive summer by scoring a half-century for Bath in their national under-15 club championship final win against Lindum.
His winner’s medal will sit proudly alongside a growing number of honours that includes the wicketkeeper of the tournament prize from last month’s prestigious ESCA Bunbury Festival.
Grieshaber was also picked out as one to watch by tournament organiser David English and was pictured on Sky Sports’ Cricket AM show following his performances for the South and West.
said: “I wasn’t expecting to win the wicketkeeping prize at all as I only kept twice but it was great to be chosen.
“I haven’t seen Cricket AM yet but my friends saw it and they said that it showed me going up to collect the award.
Grieshaber, who is a member of Gloucestershire’s Emerging Players Programme, added: “I just want to keep working hard and improving but my aim is to get into the England development programme.
“I also want to try and earn a county contract with Gloucestershire but all I am concentrating on is scoring runs and trying to get recognised through my performances.”
Since the Bunbury Festival’s inception 59 former participants have gone on to represent England at senior level.
The latest of these - Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow - dropped in on this year’s tournament to hand out caps to the players.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board performance coordinator Adam Jones said: “Patrick’s success at the Bunbury Festival was a richly-deserved reward for the hard work he has put in.
“He is a player who has shown outstanding talent for a number of years. All his hard work is paying off and we hope he will have a bright future in the first-class game.”