St Asaph cricket ace overjoyed at Wales call-up

Jason Foulkes in bowling action for St Asaph. Picture: RAY HIBBS

St Asaph cricketer Jason Foulkes says being chosen to represent Wales against Buckinghamshire this weekend is undoubtedly a massive career highlight.

However, he insists nothing compares to winning the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title with Saints last season.

The 27-year-old fast bowler will join up with the Wales National Counties Cricket Club (Wales NC) squad in High Wycombe for two T20 matches on Sunday.

“Getting the call up is a massive achievement personally but winning the league with the club and best mates can’t be beaten,” said Jason, who also plays football for St Asaph City.

Last year saw the talented all-rounder take a career best 53 league wickets in a season for a St Asaph side crowned top division Premier champions for the first time.

He returned best ever bowling figures of 8-17 against Brymbo, his league victims coming at an average of 10.57.

Having made his club debut in 2008, he has scooped 309 first team wickets and 381 overall.

Jason is also a more than useful batsman, having amassed 3,212 runs for the club, 2,865 in league games, and he posted a highest score of 81 in 2021 against Llay Welfare.

He puts his national selection partly down to the excellent work of Russell Penrhyn Jones, chief talent-spotter in the north for Wales NC.

“Russ is playing a very important part in the new set-up,” said Jason. “He’s getting cricketers in North Wales some recognition and hopefully if I can get a few wickets this weekend – if I play in both games – it might lead to others getting a chance.

The north has missed out in the past, but now we have more chance to prove there are some really good teams around.”

Jason sends another quick one down. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Jason said his call-up was “totally out of the blue” and after representing Saints at Northop on Saturday will travel to Buckinghamshire to meet up with his squad mates.

He also believes Asaph are more than capable of retaining their Premier title this season.

“Last year I don’t think we were expected to win the league, but this time people will see us as a team which can do it again.

“Ideally, we wouldn’t want it to go down to the last game again, we’d hope to win it earlier, but there’s a lot of good teams around so we’ll win it any way we can.”

Whilst hopes of a first T20 finals day for Wales NC may have been put to rest last weekend, they head to High Wycombe in the final round of games with plenty to play for.

Wales have endured a mixed competition, showing signs of real promise against Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire, but were comfortably second best last Sunday against a resurgent Berkshire on a damp day at Newport.

Buckinghamshire currently sit bottom of the NCCA Group 4 with Wales in 4th, looking to finish as high as 3rd in the group if results go their way.

Despite head coach Darren Thomas being on Wales U18 duty, there are a few changes to the team from last weekend, including the introduction of North Wales ace Foulkes.

Red ball skipper Cam Herring will assume captaincy duties.

Play starts from 11am at High Wycombe with the squad as follows:

Wales NC from: TR Bevan (St Fagans), CR Brown (Lansdown), SJ Reingold (Neath/Stanmore), GM Smith (Penzance), MJ Bevans (Newport), CL Herring*+ (Pontarddulais), MM Ilyas (Newport), RD Edwards (Neath), KA Bull (Potterne), JS Foulkes (St Asaph), SJ Jardine (Neath), P Sisodiya (Cardiff).

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