ENGLAND cricketer Jack Clark was bowled over with his run of top GCSE grades.
But the King Edward VI School pupil, who secured five A* and five A grades in the exams, almost missed out on the excitement of opening his results envelope as he was due to be playing cricket in Yorkshire.
Fortunately the match was called off and he was able to join his classmates at the school on Thursday to collect his results in person.
“It’s worked out well and I got everything I wanted,” he said.
“It was pretty much what I was predicted to get, but I thought I had done worse in the exams so the results are better than I expected.”
Jack has had to balance his school work with sporting interests after being selected for the England Under 15 cricket squad.
The team did not play any matches this year, but Jack had to travel to Loughborough to train with the squad and regularly plays for local teams.
He said: “It can be hard at times balancing cricket and school work because you have to make sacrifices, for example you don’t have as much of your own time, but I enjoy playing cricket and I still manage to get my work done.
“It is a sacrifice worth making and I hope to carry on playing cricket with the England squad in the future.”
The youngster will now move into the school’s sixth form to study A-Levels in maths, economics, chemistry and physics.
And if his dreams of playing cricket professionally don’t work out?
“I want to play cricket, but if that doesn’t work out I’ll probably do something boring, like finance,” he said.