Academy scholar Robinson shows potential

Friday 19th May 2017

Academy

Academy scholar Robinson shows potential

Kent Cricket Academy wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson has shown his potential as a batsman with his first century for the Second XI in last week’s 164-run win against Sussex in a championship match at Polo Farm.

His knock of 117, with 19 boundaries was scored on what he regards as one of his favourite grounds, writes Peter Burrowes.

The 18-year-old also smashed 251 at Polo Farm for Kent Under-17s last summer and says he enjoys batting there.

“The pitch is usually true and firm and the ball comes well on to the bat. The century against Sussex was one of the best innings I have played so far. I felt very comfortable in the surroundings.”

The young gloveman, who also took six catches behind the stumps in the Sussex match wants to develop as a genuine wicketkeeper batsman.

He has already tasted first team action when he was part of the Kent squad that went on the pre-season FGS Plant Tour to the West Indies.

Ollie made his List A debut in the final match of the tour against the West Indies Under 19s and although he did not get to bat he took one catch behind the stumps.

“It was a start to my first team career. Obviously playing in first-team cricket is a big step up.

“I have been helped a lot by watching Sam Billings and Adam Rouse and with their advice and I am confident I could cope with the challenge if called up to the first team again.”