ALEC STEWART may be retiring as England wicket-keeper at the end of the summer, but Cheshire under 10s have a perfect replacement - Alec Stewart!
The 10-year-old from Meols is also a wicket-keeper and, his dad Dave says, even plays like the Surrey stalwart.
Alec junior has met his namesake on several occasions and Dave added he will be sorry when big Alec retires from the international scene.
"My son was disappointed when he found out Alec was going to call it a day, because he thinks he is a great player and I know he tries to copy him when he plays," said Dave.
"When England played Tests up here we used to go down to the nets and have a chat with him and he was always delighted to see Alec and vice versa.
"England's Alec is a mad Chelsea fan and enjoyed a bit of banter about football because he knew my son plays for Liverpool as a goalie, while he has a son who is the same age as Alec, so there was a definite affinity there.
"They were even interviewed together for the BBC once while Brian Lara took Alec onto the West Indies coach and said he had hijacked the real Alec Stewart and he wouldn't be able to play tomorrow." Alec is in his first season playing for Cheshire under 10s which he fits in around games for his club, Caldy.
The Great Meols school pupil has played three games so far, taking a catch and a stumping which Dave says is a major part of his style.
He explained: "He loves stumping batsmen so he is very brave and stands up to anyone who is bowling. In football he loves the one on ones against strikers and I think he sees standing up as the same thing.
"If a batsman steps out of his crease, Alec is very quick to have the bails off and got 18 dismissals that way playing for the club under 11s when he was just nine."
And should the 10-year-old go on to emulate his more famous namesake, he will be following a long tradition as three players from the Stewart's family tree have played for their country.
Back in 1881-82, CT Studd and GB Studd both took on Australia at home and abroad, while the man who invented the googly leg spin delivery, Bernard Bosenquet, is also a distant relative.
Dave said: "He took six wickets for 12 runs against the Aussies in 1904 using the googly and was so successful that they still call it the Bosey, so Alec has a lot to live up to.
"He is just playing for fun now and that is how it should be, even though he is Caldy's first Cheshire player for a while. He just enjoys his cricket."