CHESTER Boughton Hall’s star all-rounder has been handed a dream call-up to play in the money-spinning Stanford Super Series.
Darron Cruickshank, 22, will play for his native Trinidad and Tobago in the annual Twenty20 series, which is sponsored by Sir Allen Stanford – a billionaire Texas banker who has lived in the West Indies for 26 years.
Cruickshank, who left Christleton to join city rivals Boughton Hall last season, was selected after impressing coach Kelvin Williams while playing under him for Queen’s Park Cricket Club in Trinidad during last winter.
Boughton Hall skipper Jim Gillson says everyone at Filkins Lane is happy for the popular all-rounder.
“He has had a stroke of luck, because he demonstrated some good form in the winter and, as our season progressed, he got into his stride well,” said Gillson.
“That, plus the Stanford Superstars taking some of Trinidad’s best players, opened up a vacancy for him and he has a great opportunity.
“Even if Trinidad don’t win it, if he performs well against Middlesex or England he may impress enough to earn a First Class contract.”
Trinidad’s first game is against the Stanford Superstars – an all- star team captained by West Indies’ Chris Gayle – on October 25 in Antigua.
Two days later the Caribbean’s domestic Twenty20 champions will face English counterparts Middlesex in a match which has a total purse of $400,000 riding on the result.
Finally, Cruickshank and his Trinidad team-mates have a game against Kevin Pietersen’s England to look forward to on October 28.
All matches in the winner-takes- all series will be televised live on Sky Sports.
Cruickshank distinguished himself in the Cheshire County League Premier Division last season, scoring 537 runs and taking 34 wickets.