Yorkshire pick Chloe before her club debut

Sewerby CC's Chloe Dennis
Sewerby CC's Chloe Dennis

The traditional route in sport is to work your way up from the bottom - but young cricketer Chloe Dennis is breaking the rules.

She was set to make her debut for Yorkshire’s under 13s development squad before she had even played a single match at club level.

In fact, 11-year-old Chloe, who goes to Martongate School in Bridlington, only started playing cricket properly at the start of the yea.

Dad Ian, who plays for Sewerby, said: “Other than playing with me, she only had her first proper net session in January. Coach John Green saw her and took her to North Yorkshire nets and they videoed her bowling there.

“The Yorkshire women’s first team coach saw the video and asked her to go to a session with the boys’ under 10s squad.”

Chloe’s phenomenal rise has surprised everyone, and before she had even played a game for Sewerby, she was lined up to play for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire at Clifton Alliance.

Sadly, rain postponed the match, so instead her first competitive fixture was for Sewerby U11s at Scalby last Friday.

Ian said: “She tought she was just going to play a few games for Sewerby so this hasn’t been a learning curve, more f a learning cliff but she’s done really well.

“At the final trials there were 45 girls going for 14 places and some of them had been playing for a couple of years at under 9 and 10 level.

“She was really disappointed that the Yorkshire game was called off although it would have been testing, playing her first competitive game on such a stage.

“Her batting is improving and with bowling, she is just a natural.

“I used to be a bowler but moved to batting after a back injury. She just used to bowl at me and because I have been around cricket for so long she has just enjoyed playing through that.