Oxfordshire schoolboy Harrison Ward, 15, joins Sussex academy
Oxfordshire schoolboy batsman Harrison Ward has signed a two-year academy contract with Sussex.
Left-hander Ward, who is 16 this month, became the youngest player to score a Minor Counties Championship century on his Oxfordshire debut in July.
He was part of the side which won the Western Division but lost to Cumberland in the final of the competition.
"We're just incredibly proud of his achievements and everything he's been asked to do," his father David said.
"He just seems to have thrived on the extra responsibility, first playing in adult premier league club cricket and then in the Minor Counties competition.
"At the moment, it just seems to have all gone incredibly well," he told BBC Radio Oxford.
Sussex academy director Keith Greenfield said: 'Harrison has done exceptionally well to earn this place.
"This progression does come with the responsibility of being a flag bearer for the Oxfordshire/Sussex partnership we have and the first player to join our programmes."
Ward will receive an individual development programme for 24 months, which will largely be delivered in his home county.