Jake follows his dream . . . to Barbados
Monday 1st November 2010

Cricket is Jake Brown's life.

During the season he trains nearly every day and when he is not training he helps out at the club where he is a member, so when he got the chance to travel to Barbados in April with his Lancashire team mates he was determined to make it happen.

The 12 year old has played cricket for Lancashire for about two years and is the only boy from Billinge in his age group, but when he found out how much the once in a lifetime trip would cost he started racking his brain to think of ways to raise the money.

His mum, Sharon, said: "We found out that the trip would cost 1,400, but Jake was so determined to go that he immediately started thinking of ways to raise the money, and since September he's managed to raise 1,200 from sponsorship and other donations and he's planning on doing a run from the Reebok Stadium in Bolton to Orrell Red Triangle Cricket Club in December."

Jake is not the only member of his family who plays cricket at Orrell as his dad, Andy and brother, Tom, are also members of the club and Grandad John is Secretary, but the St Peter's Catholic High School pupil, from Billinge, was quickly singled out as having a talent for the sport after he started playing at Orrell Red Triangle at the age of six.

Sharon, 43, said: "We first really realised that Jake had a great talent when some of the older players started making comments about Jake's ability and how they saw a lot of potential in him, and since then things have just taken off, he eats, sleeps and breathes cricket, and can't wait for the trip next year."

(first appeared in the St Helens Reporter)