DOBCROSS cricketer Joe Aston, grandson of Manchester United legend John Aston, recently scored his first century aged just 12.
Opening batsman Joe, who was captaining the Oldham district U13 team, scored 101 not out at Bury.
And such is the progress Joe has made that he opens the batting for the second team at Greenfield in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.
Joe, a pupil at Saddleworth School, is in his third season at Lancashire where he plays alongside Diggle’s Will Potts.
Dad Mark explained Joe was selected by Lancashire as a leg-spin bowler who can bat whereas he is a batsman who can bowl.
Joe is a sporting all-rounder and has inherited the football gene from his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is a midfielder who has had trials for Oldham Athletic and Rochdale and next season is moving from Stalybridge Celtic to Curzon Ashton Whites who play in the premier division of the East Manchester Junior Football League.
Mark, who has a personal training business in Delph, played semi-pro for Loughborough University, Mossley, Hyde and Droylsden.
Joe’s grandfather was a member of the Reds’ European Cup winning side of 1968 while his great-grandfather John Aston snr was an England international and member of the Reds’ 1948 FA Cup winning side.
As to future sporting ambitions, Mark is not looking too far into the future saying the most important thing is that Joe continues to enjoy playing both sports.