TWO young sportsmen will be travelling across continents to take part in international cricket tours.

A couple of Llay Welfare Cricket Club’s most talented young players will be jetting off to far flung parts of the world in the next few weeks as part of representative cricket matches.

Wales representative Ethan Griffiths, 17, from Wrexham, is flying to South Africa to represent Myerscough School, which is based at the Indoor Cricket School at Old Trafford, the test match ground and home to Lancashire Cricket Club.

He will play 5 games at Potchefstroom on tour and is hoping to add to his burgeoning skill set through the experiences.

Mr. Griffiths, a talented all-rounder who has established himself in the Welfare first team in the past two seasons, said, “I can’t wait to get out to South Africa and experience the conditions.

“The hard, fast tracks should be great to bat and bowl on, just like at the Welfare!”

Meanwhile, Jack Parry, 15, also from Wrexham, will be heading off to India with the Glamorgan Development Academy.

Mr. Parry has earned a place in Glamorgan’s plans for the future following consistently excellent performances for Wales and Llay, scoring 500 runs for Wale last summer including 136 against Gloucester in August.

His visit to India is intended to help broaden the young players’ minds as well as develop their bowling and batting in a totally different environment.

He said: “It is a really exciting opportunity for me to go to a new country and play on such different pitches.

“Hopefully, I can work on my batting against spin bowling and it’ll be great to be in such a cricket-mad country!”

Llay CC will be hoping the pair of young stars are able to bring back skills and knowledge to help them push for promotion in Division 1 of the NWCL this year.

However, they are not the only promising youngsters at the club. Joe Howell, yet another all-rounder and aged 15, from Wrexham, has been selected to play for Wales in recent seasons and has even been nominated for Wrexham County Council Junior Sports Personality Of The Year 2018.

Vice-Chairman, Paul Wright, commented, “We take great pride in our youth coaching at Llay.

“We like to give our youngsters the opportunity and backing to go out and show their talents on a Saturday afternoon; if they’re good enough, they’re old enough!”

Mr Wright was keen to stress that the club are always on the lookout for new players of all ages and abilities.

Llay Welfare CC is currently holding winter net sessions at Ruabon Sports Centre every Friday between 6 and 7pm, free of charge. Those interested of any age are encouraged to attend.