Lowerhouse’s Jonny very much on Lancashire’s radar

Jonny Whitehead.
Jonny Whitehead.
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Lowerhouse amateur Jonny Whitehead has endured a hectic schedule of late.

The 18-year-old may be the leading run scorer for the West Enders to date with 328 for the term, but he’s been performing a delicate juggling act to find the right balance between cricket and education.

The teenager was called up to play for Lancashire 2nds by academy director John Stanworth last Sunday for the three-day championship match at Warwickshire.

However, his final A-Level maths exam fell on the second morning of the fixture and he had to return to Thomas Whitham Sixth Form. Despite his best efforts - following a 240-mile round trip - Jonny returned too late to bat.

“Jonny’s maths teacher is Lowerhouse legend Chris Bleazard and his school spent all day Monday arranging a college in Sandwell near to the ground for him to take his exam before the start of play on Thursday,” said Jonny’s dad, Mark.

“However the WJEC would not sanction it and so Jonny had to travel back to Burnley on the Wednesday night and then return to the venue in West Brom after his exam on Thursday morning. Unfortunately he arrived back too late to bat.”

Mark added: “He fielded well and took a blistering diving catch but the game was abandoned on Friday just as Lancashire were poised to complete a rout after asking Warwickshire to follow on. Lancashire were very understanding and supportive regarding Jonny’s exam and reassured him that he’ll get further opportunities.”

Ahead of Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Worsley Cup semi-final clash with rivals Burnley at Turf Moor, the Liverpool Road star signed a contract to play cricket in Melbourne, Australia, during the winter. He’ll represent East Keilor Cricket Club in the North B Division of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.