JAKSON Knight was awarded the Cricket Willow UK Scholarship last night at the Central Highlands 2012-13 Dinner and Cap Presentation evening.
The 18-year-old right-handed batsmen all-rounder is the seventh recipient of the prize.
He was offered a scholarship to play a season of club cricket in Yorkshire.
“I was overwhelmed and shocked when I first found out – that they’d want to choose me,” Knight said.
The now Footscray-Edgewater Cricket Club player, former Gisborne Cricket Club player, will play with Houghton Main Cricket Club in the South Yorkshire League.
Knight will be supplied with a return airfare to the UK to the value of $2500, assistance with accommodation and employment in the UK, a full kit of Jabaroo cricket gear (valued at $1000) and club membership with Houghton Main Cricket Club.
“I’ve been looking to play cricket in the UK for a while – I thought about doing it this year but thought I was a bit young, so this has worked out really well,” he said.
Knight had his last year with the Central Highlands Pathway program after being involved for about five years before moving into cricket at a senior level this year.
“The goal for me is to be playing state cricket, and then the ultimate goal is of course to play for Australia – but wherever cricket takes me I’ll be happy.”
Life member and former chairman of the Central Highlands region board Geoff McRae funds the scholarship and has made a great contribution to cricket in the region and the development of young players.