Academy prospect Sam Kelsall enhanced his claim for a place in the Notts Second XI with three good scores for England Under 15s against an ECB Elite Under 16 side.

Kelsall hit 60, 85 and 56 in the three one day fixtures between the sides and hopes to use his performance as a catalyst for progress at Trent Bridge.

“I was pleased with my scores and felt that I coped with the pace of the older bowlers,” said Kelsall.

“My target was to get at least one fifty and I was fortunate enough to get three so I’m pleased with my achievements.”

“The next step for me is to push for a place in the Notts Second Eleven and hopefully I’ll get my chance before the end of the season.”

Kelsall has already played for Nottinghamshire's under 17s and Academy Director Chris Tolley has backed him to make a smooth transition into men's cricket.

“Sam demonstrated his consistency at the Bunbury festival and it’s pleasing that he was able to take that forward into an England game,” said Tolley.

“He’s a gutsy player and sets very high standards for himself and he has the technique and temperament to continue his development.

“Sam still has two years to run in the academy but he needs to be stretched and an introduction to Second Team cricket will provide him with the right kind of test.”