Newark cricketer Toby Lambert secures spot on Notts’ emerging player programme
A youth cricketer from Newark has become the first to join Notts’ emerging player programme.
Toby Lambert, 13, said it took half a second to say yes when he was offered a spot at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s development centre, which aims to create future first-team players.
The young wicket-keeper-batsman was offered a place on the programme on Thursday.
His dad, Gary, said: “Toby is the first lad from Newark who has been on the programme, so it is quite an achievement for him.
“It took about half a second for him to respond and say ‘yes, I want to be apart of it.’
“We weren’t expecting it.
“Toby thought through his performances he would have a chance, but to have it confirmed and official is great news for him.”
Lambert will begin his training on November 2.
“The professional set up is just two steps away from where he is now,” said Gary.
“They take 12 players on every year to work with through the winter.
“He will have an hour of cricket a week with them and also an hour of strength and conditioning, so it is an all-round programme to aid his development and make him a better athlete as well as a better cricketer.”
Toby said: “I was really happy because I put in a lot of work.”
He said some of his most memorable moments of the 2020 season included playing for Notts under-12s, Notts under-15s and Clifton Village 2nds.
“I got 50 not out in one of my practise games and I wasn’t out in either of our games (for Notts),” said Toby, pictured right.
“We also won the league for Clifton’s second team.”
Moving forward, he said he wanted to continue to develop with Notts and add more runs to his game.