Essex quintet receive ECB tournaments recognition


Essex Cricket are delighted to congratulate several of the Club’s promising young players on their selection to participate in the prestigious ECB Super 4s and Bunbury Festival this summer.

Charlie Allison is the Essex representative at the former competition, which is taking place in Loughborough and features four regional teams based on the players’ county of origin.

Allison is representing the London & East side, with the other three regions being so named as North, Midlands, and South & West.

Ordinarily, the competition would feature players under the age of 17, but this year a slightly different approach has been taken.

Several 18-year-olds are participating – including Allison – because the tournament is being utilised as a scouting opportunity for England Under-19s, which is the next step in the ECB Performance Pathway.

Alisson, who is the younger brother of first-teamer Ben Allison, recently hit an unbeaten 102 in an Essex Second XI victory over Middlesex.

Furthermore, four Essex players have been selected to represent the London & East region at the Bunbury Festival, which takes on the same format as the Super 4s but differs in that the players are aged 15 and under.

Umar Shafi, Daniel Gladwell, Jonty Ray, and Leo Davis – the latter of whom has played for Hertfordshire in age-group cricket – have all been recognised, while Alex Harvey is among the first reserve players for the festival.

All-rounder Shafi recently claimed 3-39 from 10 overs for Essex Under-15s in a meeting with Cambridgeshire, while bowler Gladwell is already establishing himself in the first team at Colchester and East Essex CC.

Ray is a fellow bowler at the same club, having played in two North Essex League T20s last month, and Davis plays for Totteridge Millhillians in the Hertfordshire Premier League alongside his county appearance last year.