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St Hugh's Prep's Johnson: batsman for the future

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Jordan Johnson (left) with coach Rushane Samuels.

St Hugh's Prep cricketer Jordan Johnson, whose superb batting helped his school to a quarter-final debut in their first year as participants in the Scotiabank Prep School Cricket competition, was invited to the national Under-15 trials.

Having impressed, he has been selected to the reserves team at just age 11.

Despite St Hugh's being one of the new teams in the Surrey county, young Johnson confidently wrote his name as the competition's only person to have scored a century twice this season.

The vital knocks of 108 and 142 not out distinguished him as not only the team's regular top scorer, but their talismanic young leader.

Johnson's love for cricket goes beyond representing his school. He is a part of the George Headley Emerging Programme at Lucas Cricket Club.

"Jordan is one of the most talented young cricketers I have seen in a long time. He should do well in the sport with proper guidance," said St Hugh's coach Rushane Samuels.

The coach, while praising his schools for their first-year performance, feels that they will be stronger next season.

"He will be in the batting line-up in 2017 to help the school do well again. At age 11, he has not yet done GSAT, so he will be an advantage to his school next year," continued Samuels.

With the young batsman selected to the national Under-15 reserve team, his coach deems it a "great accomplishment".

Johnson's younger brother, Joshua, also plays for St Hugh's and is as a product of the Lucas cricket programme.

Meanwhile, Jordan has one wish: that his team had a playing kit, which he thinks would help the players to become better.

St Hugh's Prep lost in the quarter-finals to defending champions Quest in a low-scoring match, after making just 25 all out.

Noting that nine players will return next year, Samuels assessed: "We are not really sure why we lost so badly, but it may be that the team just got stage fright and lost it, but we will bounce back next year now that we have this year's experience under our belt."