ISM stable deliver during the early stages of 2010 summer

Members of the ISM cricket stable are enjoying a really good start to the summer. All-rounder Jim Allenby has settled in well at Glamorgan after moving on a permanent basis from Leicestershire during the winter and is starting to deliver some really consistent performances. His century earlier this month helped Glamorgan to an innings victory over Gloucestershire and he has also hit four half-centuries in the championship already this summer. If he can take that form into the Twenty20 Cup starting soon, where last year he excelled and hit the most sixes in the tournament, then I am sure the England selectors will keep an eye on him

Neil Fairbrother, ISM's Cricket Director

It has been a very good week for our growing band of ISM cricketers as we prepare for the start of the international summer with the first Test against Bangladesh at Lord’s. Nearly all of them have found some form in the first few weeks of the season and hopefully they can continue that.


The one obvious exception to that has been Graham Onions, who unfortunately has been ruled out of all cricket for the next three months as he recovers from back and knee injuries. I know Graham wanted to build on his excellent form last summer and during the winter for England and this is a big disappointment for him, but he is a very determined cricketer and I am sure we will see him back before the end of the summer pushing for a place on the Ashes tour.

While Graham begins his hard road back to full fitness, other members of the ISM cricket stable are enjoying a really good start to the summer. All-rounder Jim Allenby has settled in well at Glamorgan after moving on a permanent basis from Leicestershire during the winter and is starting to deliver some really consistent performances.

His century earlier this month helped Glamorgan to an innings victory over Gloucestershire and he has also hit four half-centuries in the championship already this summer.  If he can take that form into the Twenty20 Cup starting soon, where last year he excelled and hit the most sixes in the tournament, then I am sure the England selectors will keep an eye on him.

Craig Kieswetter has now returned home from his outstanding efforts in helping England win the ICC World Twenty20 tournament and I know he was delighted by the good reception he got from the crowd in his first game back for Somerset. He has not been included in the squad for the first Test, but if he continues working hard and delivering at county level, it won’t be long before he is putting pressure on Matt Prior to become England’s Test wicketkeeper-batsman.

The England selectors have, however, included Yorkshire all-rounder Ajmal Shahzad in the squad for the first Test at Lord’s. He has clearly impressed England coach Andy Flower with his enthusiasm, work ethic and eagerness to learn and although he did not play a game out in the Caribbean as part of the ICC World Twenty20 squad, the experience of being out there and being around the senior squad will serve him well in the future and the same will apply if he does not make the starting line-up at Lord’s.

While Craig was away in the Caribbean, it gave young Jos Buttler a chance to impress for Somerset and he has taken his opportunity with both hands. Playing only his fourth first class match, Jos hit his maiden first class century against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl and followed that up with a valuable 69 to help Somerset beat Sussex in their Clydesdale Bank 40 Group match.

James Vince, our other highly-rated young player, has also shown promise in the early matches for Hampshire and scored a nice half-century against Warwickshire recently. He will be striving hard to turn some of the starts he has had into a notable innings and really establish himself as one of the best young talents in county cricket.

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