Cricket hope for Alex McGrath
Cricketer Alex McGrath is one step closer to achieving his dream of going pro after finding the backing to play in South Africa.
Alex travelled to Cape Town in March 2018 with his team to play against other British and South African Universities as well as professional teams.
All this was made possible with the help of a £500 grant, awarded by the Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust Fund. The fund is managed by County Durham Community Foundation.
20 year old was selected to represent Durham MCCU under head coach Paul Grayson. He was then chosen to represent the MCC Combined Universities under coach Clive Radley, playing in the second eleven County Championship through until the end of the 2017 season.
An opportunity of a lifetime
The grant has been a “massive help” towards the costs of the trip. “I don’t think I would have gone otherwise,” he said.
The trip is extra special for Alex after he overcame hip surgery to keep playing, missing a season while undergoing two operations. But Alex fought back to his best and is now playing better than ever.
“I’m hoping to get as far as I can with cricket. The experience of going somewhere like that and playing at the highest level possible is a massive opportunity – not just in terms of sport but in terms of life opportunity.”
With the help of the grant, Alex can make his dream of turning pro become a reality.