Tewkesbury CC allrounder Alex Oliver has been named Young Sports Player of the Year at the 2018 Gloucestershire Sports Awards.
The Gloucestershire Under 14 player – who attends Tewkesbury School – enjoyed a stellar season, scoring more than 1000 runs and 100 wickets across junior and senior teams.
Having been picked in the county development squad during the winter, Alex broke into the full Glos U14 team at the start of the year and made an impressive debut, scoring 69 and taking 4-12 with his legspin in a win over Millfield School. He was a key member of the side that became the first Glos U14 squad to top their ECB group and win the Taunton Festival.
2018 also proved a breakthrough year for Alex at Tewkesbury CC as he established himself in the club’s first team. Highlights included a return of 5-25 v Cirencester and a top score of 60 against Bourton Vale.
Alex has also demonstrated his love of the game and commitment to cricket off the field.
He has regularly given up his free time to help coach the younger age groups at Tewkesbury including assisting with the club’s All Stars programme for 5-8-year-olds. He spent his 14th birthday on a young umpires course and put the experience to good use, umpiring at a club Under 10 festival at Kings School, Gloucester.
Other 2018 highlights included scoring 100 not out for Tewkesbury School against Cheltenham College and being named Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year for the 2017/18 academic year.
Alex has recently been selected in the Gloucestershire Under 15 winter training squad and has set himself the goal of building on last season’s success by taking 5 wickets and scoring a hundred for the county in 2019.
Gloucestershire head of talent pathway Tim Hancock said: “We would like to congratulate Alex on winning this prestigious award. He enjoyed an excellent season in 2018 and I hope he uses it as a springboard to continue his development.
“Alex’s dedication to cricket is outstanding. Not only does he work very hard at his own game, he also gives his time to support others through coaching and officiating which is hugely impressive for a lad of his age.”
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