THE cricket captain for a Dales school has been offered a contract from a top flight county club.

Sedbergh School's Harry Brook has signed a full-time junior professional contract with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and looks set to break the school record for number of runs in a season.

The 18-year-old batsman has boarded at Sedbergh School, Cumbria, since 2013 under the care of Housemaster and Director of Cricket Chris Mahon, and mentorship of Cricket Professional Martin Speight.

Brook has captained the 1st XI for the 2016-17 season who made it to the North T20 final, played at Pudsey v St.Peter’s, York, on June 12. If successful, the team will qualify for the National Finals Day at Arundel on June 29th, for the third consecutive year.

For the school team, Harry has scored five 100s and 950 runs in total this season and is clearly in line to break OS and Lancashire CCC player Jordan Clark’s school record of 1072 in one season.

Chris Mahon, Director of Cricket, said: “Throughout this time at Sedbergh, Harry has been totally dedicated to improving his game and has always had a clear ambition to become a professional cricketer.

"He has never taken anything for granted, however, and works conscientiously on both the technical side of his game and his fitness, taking every opportunity for individual training.

"Harry’s standards are always high, he sets the tone within the the 1st XI and is an excellent role-model for the younger cricketers in the school."

At the age of 17 Harry played First Class cricket for Yorkshire against Pakistan A and landed the coveted Dickie Bird Foundation award in 2016.

He is highly regarded by the coaching staff at Sedbergh School and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, continuing to impress for both the Second XI and Academy sides.

Ian Dews, Director of Cricket Development for Yorkshire County Cricket Club said: “He’s a very, very exciting prospect. He’s not shy of hitting the ball and has made some big scores.

"He has really benefited from his trip to India with the England U19s in the winter and seems to be going from strength to strength.

“Our hope is that we can keep hold of him. We haven’t seen as much of him as we’d have liked with school cricket, but when he has come back he’s made hundreds in the league and hundreds for the second team and that’s something we need – batsmen that make hundreds.”