Fabian Cowdrey prepared to grab chance at Kent
FABIAN COWDREY must be growing tired of references to his name – he is the son of former England opener Chris, nephew of Kent player Graham, grandson of ex-international Lord Colin – but now he is busy building his own reputation.
The 19-year-old batsman was offered a contract by Kent in November, thereby making history as the only three generations of a family to do so.
He opened his Kent second XI account with 82 and has since made his debut in the first team.
"Obviously my ambition is to get into the Kent first team," said Cowdrey. "It's been great being part of the proper set-up for the first time – but there's a lot of top batsmen at the club already.
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"Jimmy Adams brought four or five in over the summer to try to get us back to the top division so I don't expect to be handed a place.
"I'm going to have to work really hard in the nets and on the pitch and if I can turn a few heads that's good too."
A former pupil of Tonbridge School like father and grandfather, Fabian rewrote the record books early on.
Lord Colin made his Tonbridge debut in 1946 during his first year and became the youngest to play at Lord's.
His run-scoring record would one day be surpassed by his own son, Chris, but both now find themselves behind the latest cricketer from a production line which began with Fabian's great-grandfather Ernest in India more than 80 years ago.
Fabian scored a record 1,252 runs at an average of 83.47 at Tonbridge last season, scoring five centuries and seven 50s. In doing so he brought up the 3,000th run of his schoolboy career, surpassing his grandfather's total of 2,894.
An England U15 player, the pressure placed on him so far in his short career has been unique, but Cowdrey didn't choose his name, only to play cricket. He said: "People think it can be a burden, I see the positives. My dad is my number one supporter. I get advice from him – not on the technical side, more mental – but he's never forced me to play.
"I've always wanted to do cricket. I've got to forget about pressure and expectations and focus on my game. There's still a lot I can improve. The short ball is a massive thing you are tested on early. If you can't deal with the bouncer, they'll never pitch it up to you. I just have to keep working at it and take the big moment when it arrives."