Honorary Welshman Powell faces home country

Michael Powell will represent Wales against England at Lord's
Michael Powell will represent Wales against England at Lord's
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Michael Powell is looking to exact revenge on the country of his birth at the home of cricket after his selection for Wales.

The talented disability cricketer, who will skipper his Hampshire Incrediballs team this year, has got the call to turn out for the Welsh as they face England at Lord’s in an indoor fixture on Monday.

While the Portchester-based 21-year-old considers himself a proud Englishman, he insists he is honoured to represent Wales for the second time.

And he has no issue with dishing out some revenge after England enjoyed the upper hand in last year’s clash.

Powell said: ‘England hadn’t selected me and Wales said they were short of a few players, so I thought “why not?”

‘I’ve definitely got some Welsh heritage somewhere in my family – I’m just not quite sure where!

‘It’s a huge honour to have been recognised by Wales. I’ve been playing on the county circuit for eight years but to play at the home of cricket is anyone’s biggest dream.

‘We don’t get to go out in the middle but it’s a fantastic place to play.

‘I bowled two overs and only went for seven runs in the game last year.

‘We lost but it was a tight game so you could say we’re looking for revenge this year.

‘I would still like to represent England one day. But it is great to be involved in a game like this.’

The fixture takes place with five groups of players and each cricketer categorised according to their disability.

Organised by the Cricket Federation for people with disabilities (CFPD), the return fixture will take place in Newport on July 21.

Former South Downs College student Powell is now at Southampton Solent University studying business and management and continues to combine his studies with his love of cricket and commitment to the game.

The ECB have suspended the league for disability cricket while they restructure the game but that will not stop Powell and his team-mates from improving their skills and enjoying some competitive matches this year.

Powell said: ‘The league has been shut down by the ECB for redevelopment but we have still arranged a series of friendlies and we will actually get to play more games this year, so it has its benefits.

‘Just because they are friendlies won’t mean we won’t want to win every game.’