From soft-ball novice to top county talent in four years!

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - Worces­ter­shire fast bowler ADAM FINCH

There are me­te­oric rises and then there is the rapid pro­gres­sion of Adam Finch.

Less than four years ago, the Worces­ter­shire young­ster had never played a game of cricket in his life.

Now, still aged only 17, the fast bowler has fin­ished this sum­mer with a five-for against York­shire in the Sec­ond XI and two ap­pear­ances for Eng­land U19s.

The Old Swin­ford Hos­pi­tal School stu­dent from Him­ley CC will take his A-Lev­els next year, but still has to pinch him­self about his fast climb to the top.

“My god­fa­ther’s chil­dren started play­ing soft ball cricket with a lo­cal club and they needed an ex­tra player so I went down, I quite liked it and it went from there!” he said. “I was very much into foot­ball when I was younger so it was prob­a­bly not un­til I was 13, nearly 14 that I got into cricket.

“From there I played for a few of my lo­cal clubs. And then it all took off from there very quickly – it has taken me by sur­prise a bit.

“Go­ing into this sum­mer I had not imag­ined any­thing like this, to be in­volved with the 2nd XI and the Eng­land U19s – it has been amaz­ing.

“But I am lucky to have peo­ple around me like my Dad to keep me hum­ble and grounded. I don’t think I would be a big-headed per­son, I want to keep my feet on the ground and keep work­ing hard to im­prove.”

Fa­ther Gary Finch is re­served for spe­cial praise, as is for­mer coach Mark Rut­ter – who died two years ago.

But Finch is now thriv­ing un­der the tute­lage of Matt Ma­son at New Road.

“We have great con­tact with the coaches – and while this has been a quick rise it didn’t just hap­pen overnight,” he added.

“There have been a lot of peo­ple who have worked hard and put a lot of hours into me and I can­not thank them all enough.”

Two ap­pear­ances for Eng­land this sum­mer in their Youth ODI se­ries against In­dia showed Finch how much more there is to come. But his rel­a­tive new­ness to the sport fills him with op­ti­mism for the fu­ture – as long as he can ne­go­ti­ate his ex­ams next sum­mer in His­tory, Sports and Ge­ol­ogy.

He added: “Small steps; ob­vi­ously there have been some quite big steps hap­pen­ing for me very quickly, but the dream for me is to be a pro­fes­sional crick­eter first and fore­most – and from there I will try to sus­tain it for as long as I can.

“Get­ting into the 2nd XI and then get­ting that five-for against York­shire helped my con­fi­dence a lot, it helped me to be­lieve that I re­ally can do it at this level.

“I think, in the long run, the fact I am new to the game will help me a lot.

“Some­times I imag­ine peo­ple can get a lit­tle bored if you have been do­ing the same thing for a long time, but be­cause foot­ball was my first love it is all still new and ex­cit­ing.

“And play­ing for Eng­land, you don’t re­ally get that feel­ing any­where else, it was just an enor­mous amount of pride to wear the shirt.”

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