JACK Stanley is believed to have become the youngest player ever to play first-team cricket for Little Hulton when he made his debut last week.

The 12-year-old, who also features in the current television series "Educating Greater Manchester", was promoted to the first team due to a lack of availability of players for the club's Bolton League game against Golborne.

Lancashire junior player Jack scored two runs in the game and his mum, Stephanie, said he was not fazed by playing with and against adults.

"He didn't flinch," she said. "He loved it.

"He has played a few second-team games and played in the thirds where he scored 103 not out against Goose Green."

Jack got his first-team run tally off the mark with two in the game against Golborne which his side lost to replace their opponents at the bottom of the Association division.

But Little Hulton official Darren Mullineux has no doubt the youngster – who is also one of the youngest players ever to play in the Bolton League – has a bright future in cricket.

"I think he is the youngest to play for Little Hulton," said Mullineux who said Jack was allowed to play at such a young age because he had been given permission from Lancashire.

"He played due to a last-minute drop out and all credit to him.

"It doesn't matter which team Jack is playing in, from practice to his latest shift in the first team, he shows the same confidence, determination and encouragement for his team-mates.

"Our first team captain Suleman Muhammad said after the match he wasn't sure who was captain, himself or Jack!"

Jack, who lives in Little Hulton, has played for Lancashire junior age-group teams for the last four years and has been captain for the last three.

He was his county side's player of year in 2015 and has played for Salford District for the last few years.