A HEREFORDSHIRE teenager struck an outstanding century for Glamorgan Academy in a pre-season tour to South Africa.

Harry Friend, who lives in Ross-on-Wye, had a very successful trip, scoring 104 as Glamorgan made 230-8 in reply to the KZN Inland Academy’s daunting 370.

The Monmouth School for Boys’ opening batsman also hit an unbeaten 55 against Hilton College Under-16s as Glamorgan completed an eight-wicket triumph after restricting the hosts to 93.

One of the highlights of the trip was watching England men’s thrilling two-run win against South Africa in the second T20 international.

The tour was a wonderful learning experience for 17-year-old Friend and his team-mates, who won one and lost three of their four matches.

“Culturally Harry and the boys had a great time,” said Richard Almond, Head of Talent Development at Glamorgan.

“We went on a safari drive and visited a Zulu cultural village as well as spending a night camping in the African bush, which was an experience the boys will never forget.”

Friend, a Year 12 pupil, is a vital member of the first team at Monmouth School for Boys and took two catches on his debut for the Wales Minor Counties men against Dorset last summer.

A former pupil at Gorsley Goffs Primary School, Friend cut his cricketing teeth at Ross-on-Wye Cricket Club.

Friend, who also represents Wales and Gwent in junior cricket, will be playing for Newport in the South Wales Premier League this season.