BANGOR Cricket Club star Owen Reilly gained further national recognition during a summer of unprecedented disruption.

The teenager managed to boost his reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the country with a starring effort for Wales U18s in a fixture against Warwickshire.

Reilly recently left Rydal Penrhos School following his A Level studies, where he held the position of First XI captain. He produced another memorable bowling performance against high-quality opposition, securing five wickets for the loss of just 15 runs from a blistering ten-over spell.

The all-rounder was unable to participate in the national youth side’s two other games throughout the summer due to injury, but he was able to recover and participate in the shortened domestic season with North Wales Cricket League Premier Division champions Bangor.

His contribution last year played a leading role in Bangor wrestling the title back from Menai Bridge and Owen managed to finish second in their scoring charts despite missing three games with a side strain.

This saw the youngster attain 406 runs from 12 appearances in the middle, which is an average of 36.91 and was aided by a season-best score of 104 in Bangor’s narrow one-wicket loss to Prestatyn.

Reilly’s performance for Rydal Penrhos during their prestigious annual fixture against Marylebone Cricket Club earned him the Spirit of Cricket Award, with his leadership during fixtures in his role as captain also coming in for significant praise.

He is hoping to enhance his growing reputation after securing a place at his first-choice university destination (Cardiff Met), where Reilly will study Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage Therapy.