A TEENAGER from Northwich timed perfectly the moment to score a first century while at the crease for his county.

Jimmy O’Sullivan was unbeaten on 89 as Cheshire’s under 13s boys' team closed in on a victory against their Welsh counterparts at Chirk, near Wrexham, on Friday.

The visitors, chasing 195, were nine runs short their target and the Davenham junior promptly found the boundary from three successive deliveries.

He finished unbeaten on 101, a total that included 21 fours, as the visitors celebrated a six-wicket success.

“It was brilliant to watch,” said dad John.

“It looked like he might run out of time and he was struggling to get on strike.

“Luckily nicked a single at the end of one over and hit the first three balls of the next on for four!”

Jimmy, who is 13, scored close to 400 runs for the under 12s boys’ team during the 2017 campaign – earning him an award as their best batsman at the annual presentation dinner.

The County High School Leftwich student has continued to impress this term too, and has passed 50 twice for Davenham’s seconds in the county league already after stepping up to a senior team for the first time.

“He’s been in the county set-up for three years, and just loves playing,” said John, his son’s captain on a Saturday.

“There was a stage when football took up a lot of his time – he’s a talented goalkeeper too – but he decided he wanted to concentrate on cricket.”

“That’s what he enjoys, and it’s going well.”

Cheshire's under 13s return to action at Staffordshire tomorrow, Thursday.