JAKE Lintott will continue working with the young cricketers at Queen’s College in Taunton - despite him agreeing a three-year contract with Warwickshire, across all formats.

Lintott, the head of cricket at the school where he himself studied, starred for Birmingham Bears in last season’s T20 Blast, with the slow left-arm unorthodox bowler putting in two man-of-the-match performances.

Queen’s head teacher Dr Lorraine Earps said: “I am absolutely delighted that Jake has realised his sporting ambitions.

“At Queen’s, we never lost our belief that Jake would be recognised for the talent we have seen for so many years.

“He is a true role model for our students, demonstrating that with hard work and perseverance you really can fulfil your dreams.”

Lintott joined Queen’s in 2006, when he was offered a sport scholarship from Danesfield School, Williton, and he was a regular member of both the cricket and hockey 1st XIs.

He returned to Queen’s in 2017 as a sports graduate and was appointed head of cricket in 2019.

A successful club player - captaining Clevedon in the West of England Premier League - Lintott went on to make 2nd XI appearances for a number of counties, before playing in the T20 competition for Hampshire in 2017 and Gloucestershire the following season.

Lintott said: “I am so grateful to Dr Earps - she has been very supportive throughout my time at Queen’s and, without that support, I wouldn’t have been given this fantastic opportunity.

“I will still be fully involved in cricket at Queen’s for the foreseeable future, and look forward to continuing to develop our thriving programme.

“I am delighted to be joining Warwickshire, as it’s something I have had to work hard to achieve.

“There have been many obstacles along the way but to finally secure a professional contract at 27 years of age is reward for all the effort and perseverance.”