Young cricketer is one to watch
Interview by Rowan Blessing and Cassia Reynolds, 10S.
Archie O’Neill, at only 12 years old, is already amassing awards for his cricketing ability.
Archie, originally from Camberley, moved to Worsley 4 years ago and joined Roe Green Cricket Club. He plays cricket for this club in the Greater Manchester Cricket League and he has made a big impact on the cricketing circuit since his move to Worsley.
This year he was named the Under 12 and Under 11 ‘Most Improved Player’ and Under 11 ‘Bowler of the Year’ for Roe Green Cricket Club. The Under 11 team came second in the League and Archie was presented with the Under 11 ‘Bowler of the Year’ award which was presented to him by the organisers of the Greater Manchester League. He was also part of the talented team which went on to win the Under 13 League Cup and was instrumental in Bridgewater securing the 2018 Under 11 ISA North Kwik Cricket Championship title.
Archie has only been playing cricket for two years but during the season he trains four times a week. He continues to train in the winter using the nets at Lancashire’s ground.
Apart from cricket, Archie also plays football for Moorside Football Club which he thoroughly enjoys. He comes from a very sporting family: his dad also played cricket and Archie’s biggest inspiration is his dad and he hopes to be like him some day. He also hopes to turn professional when he is older and has aspirations to play for England. However, he also hopes to go to university and get a degree.
Archie has some top tips for those younger students who hope to be successful in this sport. He told us the best thing he did was practice as often as he could and keep at it even when sometimes he didn’t want to carry on. He also believes that we should follow our dreams and not be scared of trying something new.
Archie is definitely an inspiration to all of us at Bridgewater School and one to watch for the future!