Academy Player Naish Making Great Impression

30 November 2020

Gloucestershire Academy and Frocester CC all-rounder Will Naish has been getting national recognition following a string of impressive performances in 2020.

Naish, 17, has been selected to join the Young Lions Christmas Training Camps at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughbourough, scheduled to take place in December. He will be joined by the best young cricketers from around the country.

The young man making a name for himself was also selected to represent the South in the ‘Best v Best’ showcase event earlier this Autumn. He was due to take part in the white-ball matches but was unfortunately unable to attend due to coming in direct contact with someone who had contracted Covid-19. 

Earlier this Summer, Naish was a part of the Frocester CC side that reached the quarter-final of the Cricketer National Village Cup. The 17-year-old played a big part in the club’s progression with an outstanding 114* off 91 balls against Winterbourne secured a place in the final 32 of the competition. He smashed 11 fours and 7 sixes in an unbroken partnership of 184 with opener Chris Whincup who was selected to the team of the tournament having scored 332 runs in total.

The last few months also saw Will join the Clifton College first XI with fellow Gloucestershire Academy players Joe Phillips, Oliver Meadows, Hamdi Saleem, Ahmed Syed and Ryan Kilmister.

Naish made his senior debut in club cricket for Frocester at just 12 years of age. He captained the South and West in the Under 15s Bunbury Cricket Festival and made 120 off 133 balls against Dumbleton in the West of England Premier League. Within this league he also has a hat trick to his name, taken against Goatacre when he was just 15 years old.

A clearly talented sportsman, Naish has also been a part of the Gloucester Rugby Academy and has played for the cherries at the Wellington Festival, another showcase event for the best young talent in the nation. Will left the Rugby Academy in 2019 to concentrate and further his Cricket career.