Isle of Wight Cricket

Emerging Players Programme (EPP)

The Emerging Players Programme (EPP) is an ECB funded programme that is for the players with the potential to go on to make proffesional cricketer further down the road. The small group of players are selected by the Island's Head Coach.

This years selections for the EPP squad are: -

Sam MillsSam Mills:
County Age Group: U13
School - Ryde School
Skill set - Right arm, medium swing bowler, opening batsman and wicket-keeper
Club - Shanklin CC / Ventnor CC

Sam is an opening batsman who also keeps wicket and bowls medium pace swing. As he develops physically he should become a more accomplished batsman. Sam also aspires to work on all aspects of his game, whilst developing his leadership capacity, to become a well rounded cricketer and athlete.
Sam is a keen on all sports but particularly enjoys rugby and football in the winter months.


Dan AttrillDan Attrill:

County Age Group: U14
School - The Island Free School
Skill set -
Club - Shanklin CC

Since Primary school I’ve always been passionate about many different sports, which included tennis, football, rugby and I love hockey, this is a game that I still play regularly but the sport that has taken over my time is cricket which is where my real ambitions are  to do well in.  I learnt the basics of cricket at Primary school, progressing into playing for Shanklin & Godshill CC from the age of 8yrs old and I have played the  U11’s upwards, hence gaining the eperience, then joined the IWCB progressing onto the EPP, alongside earning a place at Hampshire, in the under 14’s County Age Group Programme at the Ageas Bowl,  My main goal for the future is to be in the Hampshire Academy.


Ollie MorganOllie Morgan

County Age Group: U18
School - Hampshire Cricket College
Skill set - Fast Right Arm Bowler and Middle order batter
Club - Ryde CC

Ollie Morgan, 17 years old is from the Isle of Wight. He is a bowling all rounder who bowls seam and mainly bats 6/7. In 2019, he competed in the England Bunbury selection and got to the top 32 in the south and south west. His skillsets are best shown opening the bowling and bowling at the death. Due to his 6ft 4 build, he’s become an explosive, hard hitting batter who enjoys performing under pressure. 


Liam TurnbullLiam Turnbull

County Age Group: U18
School - Pangbourne School
Skill set - Right Hand Batter & Medium Fast Bowler
Club -

I'm 17 years old, I started playing cricket when I was 9 years of age. I've moved around the south east of England but have now settled and found my place with the Isle of Wight. I'm currently in the lower 6th and have played 1st team  for my school since year 9.

I am a right handed attacking batsman and a right arm medium-fast bowler. I have played U17 and U18 cricket for the Isle of Wight for 2 years.

I love taking responsibility and I am looking forward to progressing my game and setting an example for the kids coming through the game. Not living on the Island creates a few problems but this means my attitude towards sessions will be more focused and I value the time that has been given to me.


Freddie GurneyFreddie Gurney

County Age Group: U18
School - Ryde School
Skill set - Right Arm Off Spin / All Rounder
Club - Ventnor CC

Freddie Gurney is currently pupil at Ryde School who has been playing cricket all his life. He made his debut at the age of 7 and has played all age group cricket for club and county. Last year this resulted in playing for the Isle of Wight Senior men's team against Herefordshire at Newclose. At school Freddie enjoys coaching the younger children and being a good role model to them. Last year Freddie moved to Ventnor CC to further his cricketing opportunities by playing in the Southern League, when the season resumes. Away from cricket Freddie has a love for rugby and has trained regularly at London Irish playing in both forward and back positions and represented Hampshire Rugby. Before the first lockdown games were played against Worcester Warriors and Middlesex. Hockey is another sport Freddie enjoys and has said this sport has benefitted his batting and range on shots he can play. Sport has given Freddie many opportunities, experiences and friendships which he is grateful for. 

Freddie has been offered a scholarship for 6th form at King's College, Taunton, the school that England internationals Jos Buttler and recently Tom Banton went to. Long term University is the goal after 6th form and to play cricket to the highest level he can over the next few years for the Isle of Wight, Ventnor CC and school is next on the list on his cricketing journey.

Oscar Vandercasteele


Oscar Vandercasteele

County Age Group: U15
School - Ryde School
Skill set - Opening Batter / Wicket Keeper
Club - Ventnor CC

I am a 15yr old Ryde School student and IW EPP Player. I play for the Island U15s and U18s and attend the Worcestershire Academy. On the Island I play for Ventnor CC 1st XI. Favourite Crickters include Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Pontin. I also enjoy working out at the gym, cross country running, playing Rugby and American Football.

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