A KEIGHLEY cricketing family are displaying their talents once again, with a young bowler making the grade with Yorkshire.

Joe Powell has made it through the regional selection process into the county's U11 squad, all the while standing out for Oakworth in the Upper Airedale Junior Cricket Association League.

Taking up the story, his dad Richard said: "Joe's done very well. He'd already made the 19-person squad for North Yorkshire, with there obviously being West, East and South Yorkshire ones too.

"The better ones of those go into regional trials, then there's a final trial to get into a full Yorkshire squad.

"That's only a team of 12, but Joe has made it into that.

"The Yorkshire U11s were due to play Shropshire last week, but didn't as illness stopped that going ahead.

"But with the school holidays coming up, they should have 10 games or so in July, against other county teams like Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire."

Talking about Joe's achievements at club level, his dad said: "He stands out in the Upper Airedale League, but he also plays down at Keighley in the Bradford League.

"He's an opening bowler, who bowls fast, and I think like a lot of boys his age, he'd like to play for (the first team at) Yorkshire at the end of it all."

Joe isn't the first young Powell to make his mark at Yorkshire, with dad saying: "His older brother James is 15, and he's been in Yorkshire's development team.

"He plays regional cricket himself and just missed out on a final trial with the county this year. Both the boys are very talented.

"I played at Keighley CC myself for a lot of years, so cricket is a family thing for us."