Teenage Cumbrian cricketer Stan McAlindon has capped a memorable week by being selected to represent the north of England.

The Carlisle 18-year-old, who made his county championship debut for Durham this week, has been named to play for the north at the ECB Super4s.

He is one of five Durham academy players in the squad, who will compete against fellow teenagers from the midlands, south and west, and London and east in 50-over and T20 cricket.

The tournament is held at Loughborough next week.

McAlindon, who played for Carlisle Cricket Club, is joined by fellow Durham players Ben McKinney, Mitchell Killeen, Dan Hogg and Ross Whitfield in the north squad.

Durham academy director John Windows said: “It’s always a proud achievement when Durham players are chosen to represent the North.

“It’s an exciting week and the five lads from Durham will get a chance to perform against players from across the country. I wish them all the best and I’m sure they’ll benefit from this week.”

It comes after McAlindon was promoted to the first XI for his first-class debut against Derbyshire this week.

The young Cumbrian paceman claimed two wickets in the first innings before contributing two unbeaten knocks with the bat.

His first-innings 26* was part of a partnership of 51 with Chris Rushworth which was a record tenth-wicket stand for Durham against Derbyshire.

He then struck 18 in the second innings in a partnership with fellow Carlisle-born player Liam Trevaskis as Durham held on for a draw.

Durham coach James Franklin paid tribute to the young Cumbrian afterwards. He said: “In that last session we showed some great character and resilience, firstly Liam Trevaskis and Ben Raine. Then Tom Mackintosh and Stanley McAlindon.

“For two young guys to go out there and soak up that pressure showed great character and is promising for their futures.”

The ECB Super4s run from next Monday to Saturday.