Calum Price in dream debut in UK

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Former Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket player Calum Price enjoyed a dream debut for his new club Stone CC in the UK, taking four wickets to help his side to a seven-wicket triumph over neighbouring Barlaston recently.

Price (no relation to Ray Price) who signed for Stone CC in March for two seasons had an immediate impact for his new club, helping them to their first win in the opening week of the season in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League Premier League.

The 19-year-old player is a right- arm-fast-medium bowler, who can be handy with the bat coming from the lower order who represented Zimbabwe from the Under-13s through to the Under-19s.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Four wickets from Zimbabwean debut boy Calum Price fired Stone CC firsts to a superb opening day success in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League on Saturday.

“It was newcomer Price who inflicted most damage as Stone firsts chalked up a matching victory at neighbouring Barlaston, who at one stage were in deep trouble in 52-7, with only opener Ben Grange and Richard Sharpe in double figures.

“Lower-order batsmen Paul Green (21) and Mark Stanyer (24) eased the pain for Barlaston, but they were still removed for 115, as Price finished with impressive first-day figures of 4-45,” read the statement.

Another statement on his profile which showed that he was still committed to representing the national team in the future read:

“Calum is seeking to make regular appearances in England in each of his off-seasons over the coming years to continue his development so he can one day push to be a member of Zimbabwe’s national team.”

Price belongs to a sporting family; his cousins Ryan and Dylan Higgins who are also now based in the UK, have represented both the national team and the Zimbabwe Under-19s respectively.

He represented Zimbabwe at last year’s Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand last year where the team failed to proceed beyond the group stages after losses to Canada, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Together with fellow seamer Tendai Chatara the two showed that in the future they could establish themselves as the national team’s opening fast bowlers with promising performances.

Prior to joining Stone, the former St George’s College schoolboy had already made his first-class debut for Mashonaland Eagles towards the end of last season for his first and last first-class match in domestic cricket yet.