A talented 17-year old cricketer from the King’s School Chester has become the second-youngest player from North Wales to make his debut for the full Wales men’s team.

Romano Franco, who captains the 1st XI at King's and plays for Northop Cricket Club, took to the field against Hertfordshire in Wales’ 50-over trophy campaign on Sunday, June 23, taking two wickets to help his side to a convincing victory.

In the game, Wales beat their opponents by a triumphant 76 runs.

Romano Franco receives his cap.

Romano Franco receives his cap.

Romano’s impressive National Counties debut for Wales comes after a whirlwind few months for the talented spin bowler.

Last October, he won the Sir Jack Hobbs Silver Jubilee Memorial Prize for the most outstanding U16 schoolboy cricketer, an award that came shortly before he secured a place on the Glamorgan Academy.

Just six months later, on April 29, Romano made his 2nd XI debut for Glamorgan, taking two wickets off 10 balls and conceding only one run.

Director of sport, Richard Lunn, congratulated Romano on his debut.

He said: "We are all very proud of Romano. He is an incredibly talented cricketer who works hard at his sport and deserves all that he achieves.

"He is a fantastic captain for our first XI and he is definitely one to watch in the future.”