My name is Ed Bragg and I started playing cricket from a young age. This was just general back garden cricket with my family. But this started my passion for cricket and I have never been able to get enough of the sport since. And my desire is to become a professional cricketer in the future and make a living out of the sport which would be amazing.
I joined Evesham cricket club not long after playing and played in numerous junior teams there, playing for age groups way above my age. At age 10 it was realized that I had a talent for cricket and was put forward to county trials by my club and school a year early. I played district cricket for a couple of years and did well in that which led to me getting into the Worcester county u12s team. From there I have gone through the age groups getting into development of excellence groups with Worcester furthering my ability and passion for the game.
When I turned u14s I captained the county side and our side won the Taunton festival which was a very exciting experience. Then moving into u15s was an age where I realized cricket was very much what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. During the u15s age group I captained the side to the quarter finals of the national one day cup. And from a personal achievement went to a couple of midlands trials but unfortunately didn’t make the final squad. This set back gave me great drive to better myself and I became hungrier for success in cricket.
I then moved up to the u17s age group and put a few performances in with the bat and the ball in u17s age group matches and for the WCCC academy squad. Two of my best performances were take 6 wickets for 21 runs for the u17s against Hampshire, and scoring 121 for the academy against Northamptonshire. These performances and potential coaches at Worcester saw in me meant that I was given a place on the Worcestershire County Cricket Academy. This was by far the best news I had ever received and this winter on the academy has been very good fun and I have improved my cricket a great deal with the support of the coaches. Now I just cannot wait for the summer!
Through my whole career so far I have had amazing support from family who have given me everything I need to be successful in cricket, schools which have allowed me time off to play, my cricket clubs which is now Dumbleton CC and from Worcester cricket club from all the coaches involved in the pathway who have put a lot of work and effort into improving me which I am very grateful for.
Now I cannot wait to join CASS & Friends and am very much looking forward to receiving their support. Already they have shown so much interest in me and done all they can to help me with my career although I am only with them for a short period of time.