Luke hits Lincs record for six

John and Anne Skelton
John and Anne Skelton

A YOUNG cricketer inspired by Australian captain Michael Clarke has become Lincolnshire’s youngest player to score a century.

Wickenby teenager Luke Robinson wowed his team mates when he hit 117 off 104 balls with 11 fours and three sixes to set his own record and help his side Lindum Cricket Club to an unexpected victory over second placed Boston.

But the 17-year-old De Aston School student is not happy to stop there – his next goal is to hit 500 runs in one season. So far this season Luke has scored 374 runs and helped his team into sixth place in Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

Luke, who has been playing cricket since he was seven-years-old, said: “I was so pleased with myself, I always set myself goals to achieve and this year’s goal was to score a century.

“One day I would love to play for a county team and my big dream is to play for my country.”

Luke says he became interested in cricket at such a young age because his dad played for Market Rasen and his granddad played for Sleaford.

He said: “Cricket’s always been part of my life. My inspiration is Michael Clarke, the captain of the Australian cricket team, because he’s achieved great deal for a young person and scored a lot of runs for his country.

“If I don’t end up playing professionally, I’d love to coach young people.”

Team captain Harry Dunn is impressed at Luke’s achievement. He said: “This is Luke’s first year in the Premier League so his achievement is even more amazing.

“He’s definitely got the potential to play for his country and I know he’s got the ability to score more centuries.”