A FORMER Wrexham school pupil has caused quite a stir within the professional cricket world.

Roman Walker, 19, a former pupil of Ysgol Bryn Alyn, who has been playing adult cricket since he was 12, has just been handed a two-year contract with Glamorgan Cricket.

His mum, Michele, said: “Roman lives for cricket and we’ve spent many, many hours travelling to matches and training.

“His home games were in South Wales, and away games were usually south of Bristol, with the odd tour in the Midlands.

“His former school PE department at Ysgol Bryn Alyn were extremely supportive of his training and match schedules, which was very important for a someone hoping to become a professional sportsman.”

Head of faculty for health and well-being and Roman’s former form teacher, Andy Jones, said: “It’s always great to see former pupils succeed in their chosen careers.

“We were always happy to support Roman and we wish him well at Glamorgan Cricket and hope to see him back at school for a visit some time in the future.

“Roman was an excellent all round sportsman and in addition to his cricketing skills his football skills also brought the school success as we were unbeaten in Wrexham for four years and were in the Welsh finals for two years.”

Director of cricket, Mark Wallace, said: “Roman is an exciting young cricketer who has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the club.

“We’ve seen what Roman can do in the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast, where he showed a cool head under pressure in some difficult situations.

“He’s got an impressive skillset and if he keeps developing as he is he will enjoy a successful career in the game.”

Speaking of his success, Mr Walker, said: “I’m really pleased that I’m able to play professional cricket for Glamorgan.

“While it’s been a lot of hard work and dedication to get this far if I keep working hard and doing well who knows what might happen.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has stood by my side and supported me over the past few years – without their help I wouldn’t be here today following my dream.”

Mr Walker made his first XI debut for Glamorgan against Sussex in the Royal London One-Day Cup, where he struck the winning six during a record run chase – which was televised on Sky.

Roman’s dad, Bryan Walker, remembers being off work the day Roman received the letter from Wales and taking it to Ysgol Heulfan to read out in class.

He said: “It’s a very special memory.”

Since then he has played for Marchwiel and Wreham CC, Oswestry CC, Wales (all age groups), Glamorgan Academy, Glamorgan 2nd XI, England U19’s (at U19 World Cup) and Glamorgan 1st XI.

He has also played in India, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Dubai and Australia.

Within the UK, he has played at Lords, Sophia Gardens, Ageas Bowl, Hove and Taunton – which are all major cricket venues.