THE only Strabane teenager picked to play on this summer’s Ulster Schools cricket side has this week spoken of his honour at representing the province.
Aaron Gillespie, who play his weekly cricket with Strabane, is still only 16, though that hasn’t prevented him from jamming a foot in the door of the Ulster squad.
Aaron is doing more than making up the numbers however.
Five wickets in a single game and a stunning 58-not out, has gone a long way to cementing the local teen’s claim to a berth in any tests in the new year.
“It was great,” the all-rounder enthused.
“We played three matches against the Northern Universities (England) and then one against the West of Scotland. We won two and lost two.”
He explained, “It all came about because of a trial match. The school had to nominate us to go along and play in this match in Belfast. I got picked.”
Neither is Aaron a newcomer to top level junior cricket.
The Holy Cross College student was recently picked to play for the Ireland Under 17s in a number of tests.
“We played in Cork against the Netherlands and then in Ayr against Scotland,” Aaron continued. “We won two out of three – I enjoyed it.”
Currently however, Aaron has his AS levels to keep him busy but on previous form, you would hardly bet against him eventually breaking into any Irish Under 19 squad.