A SOUTH Herefordshire teenager took two catches in his debut for the Wales Minor Counties men’s cricket team this week.

Sixteen-year-old Harry Friend, who lives in Ross-on-Wye, played in Wales’ three-day Unicorns Championship Western Division fixture against Dorset at North Perrott.

The opening batsman is a pupil at Monmouth School for Boys and is part of the Glamorgan Academy.

Friend helped Wales hold on for a losing draw after Dorset set a first innings total of 340-5.

Wales replied with 248 before Friend took two catches as Dorset declared on 247-8 in their second innings.

In the final day Wales hung on eventually finishing on 132-3.

Friend also plays for Wales Under-17s and top scored with 72 from 91 balls in Monmouth Cricket Club’s narrow one-wicket home defeat to Sudbrook last Saturday in Division One of the South East Wales League .

Meanwhile, Monmouth School for Boys is staging Glamorgan’s friendly against old rivals Worcestershire Seconds, starting next Tuesday (August 27) at 11am.

The match will run until Thursday, August 29, and follows on from the school’s picturesque Sports Ground hosting Glamorgan Seconds’ one-day match against Essex in June.