TALENTED young members of Ventnor Cricket Club's U13 team has the chance to make a name for themselves representing the Isle of Wight in a national knock-out competition.

Ventnor U13s face Wimborne Cricket Club in the first of potentially three fixtures in the Vitality Under-13s T20 competition at Steephill, Ventnor, tomorrow (Sunday), starting at 1pm.

They will be playing for the presitigious Ken Barrington Cup.

The team has already shown what it is capable of when it won the Island's Mal Sketchley Memorial Cup recently, beating Ryde by four wickets at Newclose County Cricket Ground, Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: Steephill cricket ground, Ventnor.Steephill cricket ground, Ventnor.

One of the team's coaches, Richard Hill, said: "The team has grown together since competing in U11 competitions and, despite Covid restrictions reducing the amount of training time they had together, particularly during the last winter, they are a cohesive and supportive unit.

"Competing for the Ken Barrington Cup is something that has not happened since 2017 — and it's also a first for a tie to be held at home.

"Ventnor Cricket Club has a very strong tradition in developing young cricketers, who have gone on to play at regional and national levels in their age groups. The current team is no exception.

"There is a supportive atmosphere at the club, with players of all ages taking an interest in other club teams, with younger players watching and supporting their older counterparts, as well as the adults training and mentoring them in return.

"Our Ventnor team has done a fantastic job over the past few months in their cricket, so it is a great achievement for them to have got this far in the competition."