YOUNG John Kettle will hope to be on the boil when he takes his place at the Lancashire CCC Academy this month.
The Oulton Park batsman/wicketkeeper, 19, will train with Lancashire’s first team squad as one of four new intake players to the academy.
The young hopefuls will get valuable practice with Freddie Flintoff and co and will be able to work on their game before being tested at the end of the year to see if they are good enough to stay on for the final Academy intake, to be confirmed in early 2009.
After making his way through Park’s junior set-up, John has played for Cheshire Minor Counties already this year.
Park chairman George Taylor says a trip to Australia last winter noticeably improved John’s game.
“It did him the world of good and he came back a better player,” he said. “He’s a good club member and a good team member who spends time with the juniors, passing on his skills.
“He’s got an awful lot of potential and he’s dedicated to the game. He’s a nice even-headed lad and a gifted cricketer.”
The Academy hopes to add to the seven players who have already gone on to sign professional contracts with Lancashire.
Academy Director John Stanworth said: “We have very high expectations for our Academy Members, and this is why we have a very stringent selection process. We are always looking to raise the bar and challenge those players in the programme.”